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Our resilience strategy centers on the ability of individuals, systems, and our neighborhoods to survive, adapt, and, when conditions require it, transform in the face of shocks and stresses.

Norfolk faces a host of resilience challenges, including the flooding and other impacts of climate change, subsidence, sea level rise, income inequality, and susceptibility to economic shifts. At its core, our resilience strategy is a commitment by each citizen, organization, and municipal system, and by leadership from all sectors, to acknowledge our stresses and vulnerabilities and to work proactively to find solutions.

Our collective goal is not only to reduce risks, but also to innovate and transform our city in a systemic and holistic way, embracing new ways of thinking, managing and thriving amid conditions that require continuous innovation. Visit the Norfolk Resilient City website for more information.

01 Design the coastal community of the future Design and build a new kind of coastal community to withstand changing threats.

02 Create economic opportunity Grow existing businesses, help new ones start, improve the workforce to attract and retain businesses, and revitalize our neighborhoods.

03 Connect communities, reduce poverty, and strengthen neighborhoods. As changing conditions lead to new ways of living and working, we are committed to building better by building together.

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Design and build a new kind of coastal community to withstand changing threats.

As we design and build a new kind of coastal community to withstand changing conditions, we are committed to reducing residents’ exposure to risk; to building an economy driven by innovative solutions; to leveraging infrastructure investments to create new open spaces for citizens; to bringing communities together; and to attracting new residents to our city. Our efforts to design the coastal community of the future can demonstrate how cities around the world can learn to live, adapt, and thrive along the water.

This will involve defining our future through a collaborative visioning process based on design-based dialogues; pioneering hard and soft infrastructure solutions  and water management approaches, and the creative funding models needed to implement these solutions; strengthening Norfolk’s identity as a vibrant, attractive place for residents and businesses alike; and creating the government processes and regulatory environment to support resilient actions and foster community collaboration and engagement.

The city must physically change. We embrace the idea that this physical transformation can drive economic vitality and social cohesion.

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Grow existing businesses, help new ones start, improve the workforce to attract and retain businesses, and revitalize our neighborhoods.

Growing a stronger economy built on diverse activities will ensure access to jobs, buttress the city against economic shocks, and broaden our financial base.

Norfolk’s economy is dependent on two strong assets: Naval Station Norfolk and the Port of Virginia. To diversify the economy, while also creating opportunity for living-wage employment for all of our citizens, the city will focus economic development on expanding existing businesses, helping new businesses start, improving the workforce to attract and retain businesses, and revitalizing our neighborhoods to provide great places for people to live, work, and play.

Our strategy for advancing existing and new sectors includes: creating a multi-pronged economic development strategy; nurturing the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem; strengthening the workforce development pipeline; reinvesting in and revitalizing neighborhoods; and exploring innovative financing methods.

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As changing conditions lead to new ways of living and working, we are committed to building better by building together.

Together we are stronger. Whether conditions are good or bad, we work better, are safer, and are more productive when we are connected, communicating, and supporting each other.

As changing conditions lead to new ways of living and working, we are committed to building better by building together. We aspire to be a city where all residents are connected to the resources they need to be successful and are compelled to seize every opportunity to build our city into a great place to live, work, and play for all.

Connected neighbors build strong neighborhoods that are safer, deliver a higher quality of life for residents, and protect people better in times of emergency. Norfolk’s Neighbors Building Neighborhoods (NBN) initiative was built on the premise that more cohesive communities are safer, more prosperous communities, and on the fundamental belief that individuals are the catalysts for change in their communities. This plan seeks to complement and support the successful work accomplished and underway by NBN to strengthen communities and build resilience at the individual, neighborhood, and city level.

To build a more connected city, Norfolk will: improve citizen access to information and services; support community-building efforts through technology; connect the community through conversation.

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