Economic Resilience
in Greater Bridgeport:
A Regional Perspective
Rising Seas Summit, June 19th, 2013
Brian Bidolli
Execut...
• Introduction & Context
• Climate Preparedness Workshops:
tools, process, and outcomes
• Challenges and Strategies
• Tran...
INTRODUCTION
How do we balance social,
economic and ecological
concerns with the need to keep
people safe, reduce property...
• Community
Characterization
• Infrastructure Concerns
• Plans
REGIONAL CONTEXT
• Over 300,000 people
live in the Greater
Bridgeport Region
• Bridgeport is the most
populous city in
Connecticut, with a
...
• 2013: Nemo Blizzard
• 2012: Super Storm Sandy
• 2011:Winter Storm Alfred &
Tropical Storm Irene
• June 2010: TornadoCOMM...
Map & source:
CAT-3 GREATER BRIDGEPORT REGION
www.coastalresilience.org
Source: FEMA
SANDY FLOODING,
GREATER BRIDGEPORT REGION
INFRASTRUCTURE •Fixed-route bus
system – GBT
•Commuter rail –
MNRR
•Expressways – I-95,
Rte 15, Rte 8 & Rte
25
•Passenger ...
A diverse region:
• Median Household Income
varies by municipality,
anywhere between $39,000
to $155,000.
• Large Limited ...
ECONOMIC
Estimated % Building Loss during a Category 2 Storm,
Coastal Resilience tool: http://lis.coastalresilience.org/li...
Transit
dependent
population
reliant on bus
service provided
by Greater
Bridgeport
Transit (GBT)
SOCIAL
• Bridgeport: Bridgeport Harbor
& Black Rock Harbor
• Pequonnock River in
Bridgeport, Trumbull &
Monroe
• Rooster River/As...
©TNC
©TNC
BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS
Comprehensive (All Hazards) &
Community Driven
Proactive Planning & Mitigation vs.
Crisis Ma...
• City of Bridgeport: Emergency Management, Planning
Economic Development, Public Facilities, Finance, Health
& Social Ser...
ROADMAP&RISKMATRIX
WHATYOUSAID…
www.coastalresilience.org
BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS Vulnerable areas identified by workshop participants
WHATYOUSAID…
www.coastalresilience.org
BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS Identified on GIS Maps…
Vulnerability
• Evacuation, “at-risk”
communities
• Social Services:
medical, shelters, elderly
• Infrastructure – Age &
C...
Amy
Atamian
BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS Results…
STRATEGY
• Regionalize mitigation strategies:
o Natural hazards are not governed by political
boundaries.
o The Regional C...
ACTIONS First Projects Underway
• FEMA Community Rating System application
• Update of Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation ...
ACTIONS Barnum Station Feasibility Study
• Determine the feasibility of constructing a second
rail station in Bridgeport.
...
ACTIONS FHWA’s NY–NJ–CT Hurricane Sandy
Transportation Vulnerability Assessment &
Adaptation Analysis
• Assess the impacts...
Brian Bidolli
Executive Director,
Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
bbidolli@gbrct.org
THANK YOU
Link to Report:
www.gbr...
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  1. 1. Economic Resilience in Greater Bridgeport: A Regional Perspective Rising Seas Summit, June 19th, 2013 Brian Bidolli Executive Director, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
  2. 2. • Introduction & Context • Climate Preparedness Workshops: tools, process, and outcomes • Challenges and Strategies • Translating Momentum into Action OVERVIEW
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION How do we balance social, economic and ecological concerns with the need to keep people safe, reduce property damage and avoid disrupting community life…with reduced funding and staff capacity to address these challenges?
  4. 4. • Community Characterization • Infrastructure Concerns • Plans REGIONAL CONTEXT
  5. 5. • Over 300,000 people live in the Greater Bridgeport Region • Bridgeport is the most populous city in Connecticut, with a population of over 140,000 people • Top 50 most populous in the United States COMMUNITYCHARACTERIZATION
  6. 6. • 2013: Nemo Blizzard • 2012: Super Storm Sandy • 2011:Winter Storm Alfred & Tropical Storm Irene • June 2010: TornadoCOMMUNITY CHARACTERIZATION
  7. 7. Map & source: CAT-3 GREATER BRIDGEPORT REGION www.coastalresilience.org
  8. 8. Source: FEMA SANDY FLOODING, GREATER BRIDGEPORT REGION
  9. 9. INFRASTRUCTURE •Fixed-route bus system – GBT •Commuter rail – MNRR •Expressways – I-95, Rte 15, Rte 8 & Rte 25 •Passenger ferry •Regional multi-use trail network •Commercial Port •General Aviation Airport
  10. 10. A diverse region: • Median Household Income varies by municipality, anywhere between $39,000 to $155,000. • Large Limited English Proficient population in urban areas. • Dense urban and suburban patterns of development, as well as low density suburban and rural areas. • Mix of ages, ethnicities and household sizes. Owner Occupied 66% Renter Occupied 34% SOCIAL Housing in the Greater Bridgeport Region, 2010 Census
  11. 11. ECONOMIC Estimated % Building Loss during a Category 2 Storm, Coastal Resilience tool: http://lis.coastalresilience.org/lis.html
  12. 12. Transit dependent population reliant on bus service provided by Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT) SOCIAL
  13. 13. • Bridgeport: Bridgeport Harbor & Black Rock Harbor • Pequonnock River in Bridgeport, Trumbull & Monroe • Rooster River/Ash Creek divides Bridgeport & Fairfield • Easton serves as the regional water supply: Saugatuck, Aspetuck, Hemlocks & Easton Reservoirs ECOLOGICAL
  14. 14. ©TNC ©TNC BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS Comprehensive (All Hazards) & Community Driven Proactive Planning & Mitigation vs. Crisis Management www.coastalresilience.org
  15. 15. • City of Bridgeport: Emergency Management, Planning Economic Development, Public Facilities, Finance, Health & Social Services, Utilities, Land Use, Environmental Health, Sustainability, Parks • Business Community • Education • Environmental Consultants • Federal/State Agencies • Congressional Representation ©TNC BRIDGEPORT WORKSHOPS
  16. 16. ROADMAP&RISKMATRIX
  17. 17. WHATYOUSAID… www.coastalresilience.org BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS Vulnerable areas identified by workshop participants
  18. 18. WHATYOUSAID… www.coastalresilience.org BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS Identified on GIS Maps…
  19. 19. Vulnerability • Evacuation, “at-risk” communities • Social Services: medical, shelters, elderly • Infrastructure – Age & Capacity • Transportation (I- 95, Rail, Bus) • CSO/WWT – Storm Water • Natural Resources/ Recreation • Education/ Communications BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS
  20. 20. Amy Atamian BRIDGEPORTWORKSHOPS Results…
  21. 21. STRATEGY • Regionalize mitigation strategies: o Natural hazards are not governed by political boundaries. o The Regional Conservation Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) serves as a forum for municipal staff, state agencies, residents, stakeholders and conservation organizations to share ideas and actions. • Find overlap between projects: o Public outreach, data collection and mapping tasks can be utilized for multiple projects. o Funding is maximized and the scope of projects can broaden. o Comprehensive approach to planning, rather than siloing projects into discrete units, with little or no relationship to other projects perceived. o More efficient use of time for all stakeholders.
  22. 22. ACTIONS First Projects Underway • FEMA Community Rating System application • Update of Regional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan • FEMA Community Resilience Innovation Challenge Grant • Formation of Regional Conservation Technical Advisory Committee • Regional GIS Program • City of Bridgeport’s Barnum Station • FHWA’s NY–NJ–CT Hurricane Sandy Transportation Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Analysis
  23. 23. ACTIONS Barnum Station Feasibility Study • Determine the feasibility of constructing a second rail station in Bridgeport. • Flooding and concerns about future sea level rise are integrated into the study. o Concept Plans limit development in 100 and 500 year flood plains. o Proposes a greenway, low impact development and open space. • Funded through a HUD Regional Planning Grant (2010, NY-CT Sustainable Communities Consortium).
  24. 24. ACTIONS FHWA’s NY–NJ–CT Hurricane Sandy Transportation Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Analysis • Assess the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, on the transportation assets within the greater NY-NJ-CT metropolitan region. • Identify critical areas and transportation assets. • Identify adaptation strategies to increase the resilience of transportation assets to extreme weather events and the possible future impacts of climate change.
  25. 25. Brian Bidolli Executive Director, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council bbidolli@gbrct.org THANK YOU Link to Report: www.gbrct.org/programs/ environmental- programs/coastal- resilience/ Links to Risk Visualization: www.coastalresilience.org

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