It was announced today that Dallas is one of 35 new cities invited to
join the Rockefeller Foundation’s Resilient Cities network. More than
350 municipalities worldwide applied to be part of the second group to
join what will eventually be 100 Resilient Cities. The first group of 32
was chosen in December of last year. The stated mission of the organization
is to help cities “become more resilient to the physical, social and
economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.”
Yeah, but what exactly does Dallas get out of it?
Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new
position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead
the city’s resilience efforts;
Expert support for development of a robust resilience strategy;
Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the
private, public and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement
their resilience strategies; and
Membership of a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.
This is what a
Chief Resilience Officer supposedly does, though I enjoy imagining it’s
somebody who builds up a city’s self-esteem, like this guy:
UPDATE: Boring. It’s going to be Theresa O’Donnell,
who has been the city’s chief planning officer. (Apologies to
O’Donnell, who I am sure is eminently qualified for the post. I’m just
disappointed to see Stuart Smalley bypassed.)
Author:Ciearra Harless Phone: 214-536-6362 Dated: December 4th 2014 Views: 2,578 About Ciearra: About Halo
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