Workshop Brings Together Key Stakeholders from Government, the Private Sector, NGOs, Civil Society Groups, and 100RC Staff to Develop City’s “Resilience Strategy”

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, is Dedicated to Building Urban Resilience in 100 Cities around the World – Paynesville is a Member of $164M+ Effort


PAYNESVILLE – Mayor C. Cyvette M. Gibson, joined by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), is beginning to undertake efforts to become more resilient to 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. Paynesville was named part of the 100RC network in 2016, along with cities like London, New York, Bangkok, and Rio de Janeiro – and was selected from more than 1,000 applicants from around the world.

“Today is an exciting milestone for our municipality as this partnership will enable us to build resilience to the present and future shocks and stresses we encounter. The Chief Resilient Officer will come on board at a pivotal time in Paynesville” said Mayor C. Cyvette M. Gibson.

“Paynesville is helping fuel global momentum around building urban resilience, and leading by example,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “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 Paynesville the tools and resources needed to become more resilient.”

The “Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop” is Paynesville’s first engagement in their partnership with 100RC. The workshop brings a diverse set of stakeholders from across city government and the private sector, non-profits, NGO’s, academia, and civic groups into the planning process. It seeks to uncover all the threats the city is facing, including those previously unknown, while unveiling resilience building tools and plans to address those threats. Following the workshop, Paynesville will name a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) – an innovative new position in city government. The CRO will lead the city’s resilience efforts and continue to engage those stakeholders, resilience experts, and 100RC staff in drafting a comprehensive Resilience Strategy.

As part of the 100RC Network, Paynesville will receive technical support and resources to develop and implement a citywide Resilience Strategy. 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 and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
  • Membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.

Paynesville’s Resilience Strategy will be a holistic, action-oriented plan to build partnerships and alliances, financing mechanisms, and will pay particular attention to meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable populations. The workshop began the process of identifying priorities, actions, and metrics, and the plan will be drafted over the next 6-12 months. Mayor C. Cyvette M. Gibson led Paynesville’s participation in the workshop, along with Otis Rolley, 100RC Regional Director for Africa and North America, and Liz Agbor-Tabi, 100RC Associate Director for City and Practice Management.

Workshop Details: Paynesville Agenda Setting Workshop
Location: Paynesville City Corporation
Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 9:00am


Paynesville: Jani K. Jallah-Kollie ( ; 886978373/776978373)

100 Resilient Cities: Andrew Brenner (; 646-612-7236)

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: