Atlanta’s Resilience Journey

The city of Atlanta released its Resilience Strategy on November 2, 2017. Explore the strategy here.

Atlanta’s Resilience Story

Atlanta is a cosmopolitan city that celebrates a diverse cultural tradition, high levels of education, and the 3rd largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the US. However, the city’s success has also led to an overtaxed transportation system, which causes traffic congestion and increases Vehicle-Miles-Traveled (VMT), introducing new challenges such as poor air quality and social cohesion. A lack of affordable transportation options also exacerbates growing inequality, impeding the city’s neediest from access to food centers and economic opportunities.

Atlanta’s dependence on highways also makes infrastructure a primary concern; a disaster affecting a major highway or bridge could prevent emergency responders from reaching areas affected by electrical outages or assisting citizens trapped in areas of flooding. Atlanta is working to mitigate the potential impact of resilience shocks such as infrastructure failure through the creation of an Emergency Preparedness and Management group consisting of 30 multidisciplinary stakeholders.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Cyber Attack
  • Drought
  • Economic Inequality
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Terrorist Attack

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

Atlanta's CRO

Amol Naik is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta.

A seasoned attorney and public policy professional, Naik was previously Director of Legal and Public Affairs for Atlanta-based MailChimp.  Prior to that, he held leadership positions with Google Fiber and Google Inc. in both Atlanta and Washington, DC. He is deeply involved in the community, serving as a member of the board of the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership and as Corporate Secretary for the Fulton/Atlanta Land Bank Authority.

Snapshot of Atlanta

  • 450,000

    population as of 2013

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