100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation & Marketplace.city Announce Partnership to Help Cities Find and Validate Technology

Marketplace.city brings its platform and services to 100RC’s Network Cities to help implement their resilience strategies

NEW YORK, CHICAGO100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is today announcing a partnership with Marketplace.city which will make its digital platform available to 100RC’s member cities. The tool will allow member cities to find and validate emerging technologies which can support implementation of their Resilience Strategies, effectively lowering the risks to success.

Marketplace.city 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 – which are increasingly part of 21st century life. The Platform Partners are a vital component of 100RC’s efforts, both providing cities with tools they need to build resilience and influencing 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.

“It is hard for cities to know how their peers are using technology and to get clear information on results,” said Marketplace.city CEO Chris Foreman. “Our tools and services lower the time and cost burden on cities seeking technology as well as on the risk to implementing, which is crucial as we work to build more resilient cities. We are excited to work with 100RC to show how these various solutions can help cities and residents prepare for, absorb, and bounce back from 21st-century shocks and stresses.”

“With technology evolving so rapidly, cities need current and accurate information on what is available,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “Marketplace.city’s directory not only provides that, but also allows all stakeholders in a city to understand the likely outcomes of selecting a certain product or vendor. The 46 Resilience Strategies published by 100RC member cities contain thousands of initiatives and projects; we expect that access to the Marketplace.city platform will help these move toward accelerated implementation.”

Marketplace.city’s platform is free for cities use; the organization will work with 100RC to continue adding resilience-focused content.

100RC is dedicated to helping cities become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century. 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 who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
  • Membership of a global network of member cities who 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.

For further information, please contact:
Marketplace.city: Andrew Watkins (andrew@marketplace.city; 313-737-3891)
100 Resilient Cities: Nicole Bohrer (NBohrer@100RC.org; 646-612-7177)

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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.

About Marketplace.city

Marketplace.city connects governments to technology products and solutions making it easier to find, validate and implement new technology. Launched from a beta with New York City, Marketplace.city is used by over 60 cities worldwide.  Our mission is to add transparency across markets to ensure cities and residents can benefit for evolving technology solutions in the public sector. For more information visit https://marketplace.city