The National League of Cities (NLC) announced on March 9 that Raleigh is one of eight participating cities in the 2021 Leadership in Community Resilience program. Each city will receive $10,000 in direct financial support as well as technical assistance and advisory services from NLC staff and partners to help them meet community-specific resiliency goals.
The eight cities selected for the 2021 Leadership in Community Resilience Program are: Alton, TX; Arlington, MA; Cedar Rapids, IA; Dubuque, IA; Flagstaff, AZ; Portsmouth, NH; Raleigh, NC; Spokane, WA.
Raleigh submitted a proposal to support the Raleigh Watershed Learning Network, a resident learning and civic action group formed by Partners for Environmental Justice to serve the neighborhoods of Rochester Heights and Biltmore Hills in Southeast Raleigh.
“The Watershed Learning Network project will not only benefit the residents of Rochester Heights and Biltmore Hills, it will benefit the community as a whole,” Megan Anderson, Raleigh’s Sustainability Manager said. “This learning and empowerment model will inform staff outreach and engagement in other parts of Raleigh, building resident capacity to address flooding issues city-wide.”
Climate Action Plan
This work also supports the rollout of Raleigh’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing equity and building community resilience.
“Climate-related events such as the intense winter storm we just faced are paralyzing local communities. These and other impacts such as hurricanes, droughts, wildfires, and floods are felt at the local level, in our cities, towns, and villages,” said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC). “We are thrilled to be supporting the staff and elected leaders of eight new cities through our Leadership in Community Resilience Program. It is our hope that by elevating these innovative resilience projects, even more member cities can learn from and adopt resilient and equitable practices.”