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New Orleans, 100 Resilient Cities to begin resilience planning

February 19, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – Today, the City of New Orleans will kick off its engagement with 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, through an Resilience Agenda Workshop, part of the comprehensive resilience plan that will enable the city to better prepare for and withstand catastrophic events as well as chronic stresses.

“Through our partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation as a part of 100 Resilient Cities, New Orleans will be able to showcase our ability to successfully rebound, thrive after disasters and learn from others,” said Mayor Landrieu. "This opportunity is about identifying the best approaches to dealing with our city’s inherited natural challenges through innovation and strong collaboration. Because of that, we are truly excited to start working on this promising effort.”

New Orleans is one of 33 cities worldwide selected for the new network of 100 Resilient Cities. All cities share a vision for increasing their resilience, and through the network will connect and share knowledge and best practices.

“City governments are on the front line of dealing with acute shocks and chronic stress. New Orleans is part of a group of cities leading the way on resilience to better prepare for, withstand, and recover more effectively when disruption hits,” said Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin. “Through this type of inclusive resilience planning cities can be better prepared for the unexpected. They can also realize the resilience dividend, the economic and competitive advantages that come from taking a resilience mindset. Your commitment to resilience thinking, planning and action will set a global example.”

The workshop is designed to bring together a range of constituencies, including city officials, local businesses, civic groups and academia, to begin the work of developing the city’s resilience plan. The plan will encompass a variety of factors, among them partnerships and alliances, financing mechanisms, and particular attention to meeting needs of poor and vulnerable populations. The workshop will begin the process of identifying priorities, actions and metrics as part of a resilience strategy for New Orleans.

For nearly a decade, The Rockefeller Foundation has been a leader in the growing field of resilience in both urban and rural areas around the world. The Foundation has produced significant knowledge, offered practical solutions, and promoted strong resilience policies in communities and regions in Asia, Africa and the United States. 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Foundation, launched in 2013, is a $100 million commitment to urban resilience. City leaders or major institutions within cities applied to the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. More than 500 cities applied, and the initial 33 cities were announced in December 2013. Additional cities will have the opportunity to be selected for the network in subsequent years. As part of their applications, cities described their plans to scale resilience programs across city and demonstrate how they will incorporate a range of constituents in both planning and implementation.

Michael Berkowitz, Managing Director for 100 Resilient Cities at The Rockefeller Foundation, commented that “New Orleans is helping fuel global momentum around building urban resilience, and leading by example. The agenda workshop will clarify the city’s needs, surface innovative thinking, and give us a blueprint for engaging partners from across sectors to bring New Orleans the tools and resources needed to become more resilient.” 

About The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation aims to achieve equitable growth by expanding opportunity for more people in more places worldwide, and to build resilience by helping them prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Throughout its 100 year history, The Rockefeller Foundation has enhanced the impact of innovative thinkers and actors working to change the world by providing the resources, networks, convening power, and technologies to move them from idea to impact. In today's dynamic and interconnected world, The Rockefeller Foundation has a unique ability to address the emerging challenges facing humankind through innovation, intervention and influence in order to shape agendas and inform decision making. For more information, please visit

About 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 
100 Resilient Cities is dedicated to supporting cities to adopt and incorporate a resilience mindset in their planning, development, and community-building so that they are better prepared for and can quickly rebound from 21st century shocks and stresses. 100 Resilient Cities enables cities around the world to develop and implement resilience plans, provides city leaders a forum to share and learn from others' experiences, and connects them with suppliers, thinkers, and stakeholders who can help them improve their city's resilience. 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, is financially supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and managed as a sponsored project by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides governance and operational infrastructure to its sponsored projects. Learn more about RPA at

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