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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced as new member of 100 Resilient Cities' City Leader Advisory Committee

Raising Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches’ involvement in the 100RC network to a higher profile position

MIAMI (September 22, 2017)

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), today unveiled that Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Giménez, has joined its City Leader Advisory Committee – a group of city chief executives that will contribute their expertise to the global resilience movement. Over the next two years, Advisory Committee members will advise on policy and advocacy, act as global champions and help 100RC identify and prioritize key issues essential to building urban resilience as 100RC begins implementing resilience building projects throughout its global network.

This announcement comes a year after Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Beach and the City of Miami joined the 100RC program as Resilient Greater Miami and the Beaches (Resilient GM&B). Mayor Giménez joins highly respected international leaders such as Ye Lwin, Mayor of Mandalay, Myanmar; Monica Barone, Chief Executive of Sydney, Australia; José Isabel Blandón Figueroa, Mayor of Panama City, Panama; Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece; among others.

“100RC’s international network has already provided our area’s Chief Resilience Officers with invaluable opportunities to connect with, and learn from, their counterparts around the world,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “This new Advisory Committee builds upon that concept and opens up a dialogue with leaders of cities across varying stages of the resilience strategy building process. We are all facing our own resilience challenges and so it is critical we combine our skill sets to be better prepared to face future shocks and stressors. We’re already receiving strong positive feedback from our local partnership with the City of Miami and City of Miami Beach, and look forward to see the results of this global collaboration effort."

The Rockefeller Foundation created 100 Resilient Cities in response to massive urbanization and the twin threats of climate change and globalization. “Since then, the importance of cities, and therefore our work, has only grown,” said Michael Berkowitz, President, 100 Resilient Cities. “Now, our practice is at a turning point.  We’re pivoting from the early stages of planning, to the implementation of concrete projects aimed at improving the lives of people in our member cities.  The City Leaders Advisory Committee formalizes the role these city executives have played as the global leaders of the urban resilience movement and will help shape the movement in years to come.”

100RC’s urban resilience work builds on a century of work by the Rockefeller Foundation helping the poor and vulnerable and more than 50 years of urban planning and policy expertise.  Since 2013, 100RC has worked with its network cities to place more than 80 Chief Resilience Officers in cities, and its network members have released 32 Resilience Strategies. The inaugural meeting of the City Leaders Advisory Committee took place last week in Athens during the Athens Democracy Forum, with future meetings to take place on an annual basis.

For more information on 100RC please visit www.100resilientcities.orgResilient305.com or follow @Resilient305 on social media.

About Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches
Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches (Resilient GM&B) is a collaboration formed in 2016 by Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Beach and the City of Miami to respond to the region's top resilience challenges. After a competitive process, GM&B was selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities program (100RC)—Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, granting funding and support for Chief Resilience Officers (CROs), as well as access to partners in the private, public, academic and nonprofit sectors. These international partners offer tools and services valued at over $200 million – at no direct cost to GM&B – in areas such as innovative finance, technology, infrastructure, land use and community and social resilience.

Miami-Dade County CRO, James Murley; Miami Beach CRO, Susanne Torriente; and City of Miami CRO, Jane Gilbert—along with their respective deputy CROs,100RC support staff, and local leaders— are currently working to create a tactical roadmap that articulates GM&B’s resilience priorities and specific initiatives for short-, medium-, and long-term implementation. This strategy will reflect the region’s collective needs and its capacity to address them, as well as identify the support and services needed to implement that vision.
 
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About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.  For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.