Minneapolis selected to join 100 Resilient Cities network

The City was selected by The Rockefeller Foundation to join the 100 Resilient Cities network. The selection means Minneapolis will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise and other resources to build resilience for the challenges of the 21st century.

Challenges can come in many forms, including factors such as growth, economics and disasters. As the nation’s urban populations grow, these stresses are felt by city governments. Members of 100 Resilient Cities have special resources for these challenges so they can face them more successfully.

Minneapolis was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of their willingness, ability and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges. The application process showed each city’s unique vision for resilience, a long-term commitment to building resilience in a way that connects silos of government and sectors of society, and specific attention to the needs of poor and vulnerable members of the public. Applicant cities also demonstrated the willingness to be leaders in urban resilience, sharing learning experiences and becoming models for other cities across the globe.

In the months ahead, as part of the 100 Resilient Cities network, Minneapolis will be eligible to receive grant funding to hire a chief resilience officer. The officer would lead the citywide resilience-building process and engage stakeholders from across different government agencies, public and private sectors, and various communities to incorporate diverse perspectives and knowledge. Minneapolis will also receive technical support to develop a resilience strategy that reflects the city’s distinct needs, and the support and services to implement that strategy. All network members also have access to many partners in the private, public, academic, government and nonprofit sectors who offer tools and services valued at more than $180 million at no direct cost to members.

100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Learn more.  

Published May 31, 2016

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