Leadership in Community Resilience 2019

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NLC members are expressing a growing interest in issues related to community resilience and sustainability. 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. 

Now in its third year, the Leadership in Community Resilience program is generously supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo. Each city will receive a $10,000 grant and at least 12 months of technical assistance, staff support, and professional development opportunities for community leaders. In addition to providing direct assistance to cities, the program gathers new insights related to the challenges and opportunities associated with local resilience initiatives. In the years ahead, lessons learned through this process will be shared with cities throughout the United States.

The goal of this program is to generate new insights related to the challenges and opportunities associated with local resilience initiatives. In the coming years, the lessons learned through this process will be used to help hundreds of NLC member cities achieve greater resiliency for their citizens and prepare the nation for the effects of climate change and other hazards. NLC has established technical assistance partnerships with the Thriving Earth Exchange and ecoAmerica, which will provide additional tools and resources to support the cohort of cities.

Read more about goals of our 2019 cities by clicking the project profiles below, or look back at our 2018 cohort.









Upon conclusion of the 2019 Leadership in Community Resilience program, NLC and its partners invited elected leaders and city staff from 16 cities as well as a wide array of resilience experts for a day-long, facilitated discussion on data use, equity, and the climate crisis in local communities. Please click here for a final report of the event.