CoG Hosts ‘Resilience’ Planning Workshops  

The N.C. Department of Public Safety is encouraging residents served by the Cape Fear Council of governments regions to attend the upcoming public workshops to develop strategies and projects that aim to prepare the region for natural disasters.  

The regional meetings are an opportunity for people who live or work to weigh in on project ideas to be included in a Regional Resilience Portfolio. These strategies can include natural or man-made infrastructure projects, housing, communications and outreach, planning/policy, analysis or assessments, or any other type of effort that supports the region’s ability to withstand floods, heat waves, and other climate hazards.

Five to ten prioritized strategies or projects will be included in the final portfolio, which will identify specific ways to help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters and climate hazards. 

An initiative of the Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, the project is being created in partnership with each of the nine regional councils of governments.  

Columbus is served by the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

The meetings for the Cape Fear Regional Resilience Portfolio Project In-Person Public Workshop for Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties are set for Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. The meetings will be held at the Cape Fear Conference Room at Leland Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland. You can register: https://form.jotform.com/222285312382148 by Sept. 9 

The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program is a component of the larger Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment (RISE) Program. RISE is a partnership between the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Councils of Governments

RISE is funded by a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, with support from both NCORR and N.C. Rural Center. The Duke Energy Foundation has committed $600,000 to offer Accelerator Grants to the regions for priorities identified in the program. RISE is managed by NCORR, a division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the program or what’s happening in each council of government region, visit the RISE website.

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