Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches Launches New Phase and Discovery Area Teams

(Miami, FL February 8, 2018) – Community advocates, business leaders, and past and present elected officials were among 170 participants in a workshop kicking off Phase II of the Resilient Greater Miami & the Beaches (GM&B) initiative. As a member of the 100 Resilient Cities network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, Resilient GM&B is a unique partnership between Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami Beach, and the City of Miami and is led by a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) from each local government. “We are expanding the group of partners and stakeholders across sectors to identify solutions,” said Peter Jenkins, Program Manager for 100 Resilient Cities.

The lively kickoff meeting took place on Friday, February 2, and had participants sharing expertise and ideas. “It was great to see so many people engaged in making Greater Miami and the Beaches a resilient community,” said Susanne Torriente, CRO for the City of Miami Beach.

Participants divided into teams focused around each of six Discovery Areas, including affordable housing, transportation, sea level rise, safe neighborhoods and more. The Discovery Areas were identified in Phase I by residents and subject matter experts through community meetings, focus groups, and an online survey last year. These Discovery Area teams will spend the next six months identifying specific Action Proposals for developing Greater Miami and the Beaches’ Resilience Strategy.

“I’m excited to see talented leaders from all parts of our community rolling up their sleeves together and digging deeper to develop innovative approaches to addressing many of our biggest challenges,” said Jane Gilbert, CRO for the City of Miami.

Recognizing that community resilience is about much more than sea level rise, this gathering was critical to strengthen our capacity and address interdependencies of infrastructure, environment, health, and prosperity in our region.

“The unique and varied perspectives represented by the GM&B working groups is an important part of creating a locally-tailored and inclusive strategy for our community’s resilient future,” said Jim Murley, CRO for Miami-Dade County.

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