The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the first group of cities chosen for its 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Each of the cities, selected by a distinguished panel of judges including former president Bill Clinton, will receive resources to help them build their resilience in order to endure catastrophic events -- both natural and manmade -- and bounce back stronger and more quickly from them.
Each city will receive membership in a new network which will provide opportunities for partnership and sharing knowledge and best practices; support to create a resilience plan that reflects each city's distinct needs and for a Chief Resilience Officer who will oversee the plan; and access to a platform of tools and services for implementing those plans.
"We first announced the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge on May 14, and since then we have seen amazing interest and momentum around urban resilience," said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation. "The 33 cities named today represent a diversity of urban resilience needs, and as the inaugural members of the 100 Resilient Cities Network they have much to share with and learn from each other. We are excited to get to work so that this dynamic group of cities are better prepared to withstand the shocks and stresses of our disruptive world." Learn more about the cities selected.