Leading Community Resilience: Lessons Learned

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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The private sector and all levels of government are embracing resilience as a holistic, proactive framework to reduce risk, improve services, adapt to changing conditions, and empower citizens. In 2016, NLC launched a Leadership in Community Resilience program to help elected officials, city staff, and community partners share their experiences and advance local resilience efforts. The pilot initiative is providing technical assistance and professional development opportunities for 10 cities by supporting local resilience initiatives that have been prioritized by each city. Hear from four of those cities in this workshop and learn their process for planning, building engagement, and implementing resilience initiatives with limited resources.



  • Don Bessler Public Works Director - Tempe, Arizona
  • Douglas Melnick Chief Sustainability Officer - San Antonio, Texas
  • Lisa Craig Chief of Historic Preservation - Historic Preservation

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