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Mayors Giménez, Suárez and Gelber Meet to Discuss Regional Urban Resilience Strategy in Partnership with 100 Resilient Cities Network

Newly-Elected Mayors Gelber and Suárez Pledge Continuity in Working Toward a Final Resilience Strategy

MIAMI (December 18, 2017)

The Mayors of Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami and the City of Miami Beach convened today to discuss the importance of intergovernmental cooperation in building the region’s urban resilience and the work to-date of Resilient Greater Miami and the Beaches (Resilient GM&B). The Mayors were joined at today’s event by Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities and Otis Rolley, regional director for North America at 100 Resilient Cities, along with the region’s three Chief Resilience Officers: James F. Murley, CRO for Miami-Dade County, Jane Gilbert, CRO for the City of Miami, and Susanne Torriente, CRO for the City of Miami Beach.

“As we move into our second year in our 100 Resilient Cities partnership, it is my pleasure to welcome two new mayors who are just as passionate about our region’s resilience as I am,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “We have a lot of work ahead of us as we work toward implementing our resilience strategy, but I'm confident that with this partnership, our community will be much better prepared to face the challenges it faces.”

“Our resilience challenges, such as sea level rise, transportation, and affordable housing, are shared priorities, and require strong intergovernmental collaboration,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suárez. “100RC is providing us the tools, framework and resources to help us realize our vision of Greater Miami as a world leader in resilience.”

“A resilient community is built by working together and establishing effective partnerships,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “The Resilient Cities Network provides a framework for collaboration that will allow our region to continue to develop short and long-term resilience strategies to overcome our community’s vulnerabilities.”

“100 Resilient Cities is pleased to continue our strong partnership with Resilient Greater Miami and the Beaches,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC. “The work of building urban resilience is generational. It’s heartening to see a strong commitment from the three mayors – working to build a regional approach to the shocks and stresses facing Greater Miami.”

100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Named to the 100RC Network in 2016, Resilient GM&B recently released a Preliminary Resilience Assessment, a critical step in the 100RC process that outlines six key focus areas for resilience in the region. The areas, explained in greater detail below, were identified based on feedback received at public town-hall meetings, interactive focus groups, and online questionnaires. They are:

• Living with Water
How to combat sea level rise by addressing aging infrastructure, investing in new technologies, and shoring up the region’s natural defense system of mangroves, dunes and parks.

• Advancing + Adapting
How to improve Miami’s livability, affordability and connectivity by diversifying our housing stock, promoting public-private partnerships, and addressing chronic issues like traffic.

• Building Prosperity
How to create a diverse array of higher paying and living wage jobs for the people who live here while ensuring workforce development programs better address the needs of the most vulnerable among us.

• A Thriving Community
How to prepare and respond to large-scale public health crises, such as Zika and opioid addiction, as well as systemic problems of youth violence, poverty, and unequal access to opportunity in our neighborhoods.

• Robust Recovery
How to foster a culture of pre-disaster readiness in order to protect our tax base and allow for faster, more affordable, and smarter recovery in the event of a disaster.

• Leadership for Tomorrow
How to modernize the way government does business and prioritize consensus building so that cities and counties are working toward the same goal and with a shared purpose around resilience.

In early 2018, Resilient GM&B’s Chief Resilience Officers (CROs) will lead task forces made up of figures in the area’s public and private sectors to delve into each of the six discovery areas and begin to lay the groundwork for short, mid, and long-term implementation. This process culminates with the release of a Resilience Strategy, a concrete action plan that outlines projects and initiatives specifically tailored to our region’s strengths and vulnerabilities.

In September, Mayor Giménez joined the City Leader Advisory Committee at 100 Resilient Cities— a group of 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.

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.

About Resilient Greater Miami and 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. Learn more at Resilient305.com or @Resilient305 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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: http://www.100resilientcities.org/.