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Regional Resilience Roundtable: Schwartz


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This presentation was delivered at NADO's 2018 Annual Training Conference, held in Charlotte, NC on October 13-16. For more information, visit:

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Regional Resilience Roundtable: Schwartz

  1. 1. Regional Resilience Roundtable NADO Annual Training Conference | Charlotte, NC October 16, 2018
  2. 2. Resilience: The ability of a region or community to anticipate, withstand, and bounce back from shocks and disruptions, including: Natural disasters or hazards Climate change impacts The closure of a large employer The decline of an important industry Changes in the workforce
  3. 3. “Another way of looking at resilience is the ability not only to bounce back but also to “bounce forward” - to recover and at the same time to enhance the capacities of the community or organization to better withstand future stresses.” - Urban Land Institute – After Sandy Not Just Bouncing Back…Bouncing Forward
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  5. 5. A New Era for the CEDS From this…
  6. 6. A New Era for the CEDS …to this.
  7. 7. What Do the CEDS Content Guidelines Say? Economic resilience becomes inclusive of three primary attributes: the ability to recover quickly from a shock, the ability to withstand a shock, and the ability to avoid the shock altogether. Steady-state initiatives tend to be long-term efforts that seek to bolster the community or region’s ability to withstand or avoid a shock. Responsive initiatives can include establishing capabilities for the economic development organization to be responsive to the region’s recovery needs following an incident. Visit:
  8. 8. What Do the CEDS Content Guidelines Say? The two-pronged approach to resilience noted above can be included in the CEDS as a separate section. However, resilience could also be addressed by weaving the concept throughout the document. Regardless of how resilience is included in the CEDS, it is critical for regions to identify vulnerabilities and, where possible, bolster the capacities that may lead to economic resilience as part of regional planning efforts. Visit:
  9. 9. Let’s Chat!  What are your region’s major resilience challenges (both economic & natural shocks)?  What strategies have been effective? What needs improvement?  How have you incorporated resilience into the CEDS and other planning processes?  What local, state, and federal partnerships have developed to support this work?  What do you need to better realize your region’s resilience goals?
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  11. 11. Janera Solomon