100 Resilient Cities and Fourth Economy Announce Partnership to Provide Advanced Resilience Planning

Fourth Economy Will Create Tactical Recommendations for the Planning and Implementation of Resilience Efforts, Providing a Vital Tool to 100RC’s Network Cities

[PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania/NEW YORK, New York] – 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) today announces a partnership with Fourth Economy, which will offer 100RC’s member cities a critical resilience-building tool: a community and economic development assessment, comprised of data analysis, a review of existing plans, a survey and a facilitated session. This tool will be available to members of 100RC’s network, as the cities design and implement their comprehensive Resilience Strategies.

Fourth Economy joins a prestigious group of other “Platform Partners” that have committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires and floods – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness and unemployment – that are increasingly part of 21st century life.

A vital component 100RC’s efforts, the Platform Partners provide cities with the tools they need to build resilience and also influence the market as other resilience tools are developed. Current Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, NGO and academic community leaders. Fourth Economy is one of the first Platform Partners to focus specifically on community and economic development in North America.

“We are honored to partner with 100RC in supporting cities’ efforts to protect and provide new opportunities for their residents through resilience planning,” says Rich Overmoyer, president and CEO of Fourth Economy.

“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with companies like Fourth Economy in order to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities. “By providing community and economic development assessments to our network cities, Fourth Economy is helping to build a global resilience movement just when it is needed most. Fourth Economy is able to wade through a sea of information and extract the crucial data a city needs to set priorities and take action.”

Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:

  • Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government: a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;
  • Technical support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy;
  • Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, academic and NGO sectors that can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
  • Membership in a global network of member cities that can learn from and help each other. Platform partners are dedicated to providing 100RC network cities with solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products. Other 100RC Platform Partners include Microsoft, Swiss Re, the World Bank, MasterCard, Veolia, and Sandia National Laboratories.


About Fourth Economy

Fourth Economy is a consulting group that equips change agents with the tools they need to build better communities and stronger economies. Driven by the belief that the economy should serve the people, Fourth Economy cultivates collaboration across multiple sectors and develops a unique, data-powered approach to guide each client engagement. For more information, visit: www.fourtheconomy.com

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

Fourth Economy: Liz Fetchin (liz@elmink.com; 724/612-9921)
100 Resilient Cities: Andrew Brenner (ABrenner@100RC.org; 646/612-7236)