Exciting news for our region came this week as St. Louis is one of the 35 newest member cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities organization, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation! The announcement for the second round of cities (32 were selected in 2013) was made on December 3, 2014. St. Louis is one of the 35 cities selected from 331 applications from around the world, submitted in a total of seven different languages. The application involved each city submitting a compelling description of the major resilience challenges they are facing, as well as their current approach of planning for resilience and how it partners with the 100 Resilience Cities organization. So what does this mean for St. Louis?
St. Louis joins this organization with many other cities around the world facing similar resiliency challenges. This network of cities provides access to resources and partners that will greatly assist in planning for the future. According to 100 Resilient Cities, City Resilience is “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.” The organization provides a framework for resilience that can be found here.
Resilient cities are prepared to withstand and adapt to major changes, lessening vulnerability to certain situations, and increasing overall quality of life. The selection of St. Louis into this organization presents and exciting opportunity for the St. Louis region, as well as comprehensive network of resources as we plan for the future. To get more information about the cities and their journeys, you can sign up here.
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