Statement from 100RC President Michael Berkowitz On the Winners of HUD’s NDRC

New York, NY – Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), released the following statement today regarding the winners of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s National Resilience Disaster Competition. The winners of the three largest awards in the competition – New York, NY; Norfolk, VA; and New Orleans, LA – are all members of the 100RC network. Additionally, all three cities have completed and are now executing comprehensive resilience strategies that were developed with support from 100RC. Each of the cities’ Chief Resilience Officers, a position innovated and funded by 100RC, played a major role in the competition’s application process, and the projects funded are essential elements of the cities’ resilience strategies. The strategies for New York, New Orleans and Norfolk can be found here.

Winners of the competition were announced today in Norfolk, VA by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and The Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin.

“The three biggest winners from this $1 billion challenge all share one key trait: they have reoriented their governing and planning to incorporate an honest and holistic evaluation of the threats facing their communities, and now, each city is taking concrete steps to build resilience to their unique environmental, social and economic challenges.

“These NDRC-funded projects are essential elements to all three resilience strategies, which were developed with support from 100RC. The victory of Norfolk, New York and New Orleans in winning this competition serves as proof positive that communities are seeing major dividends as a result of integrating resilience-building into their planning and operations, be it recognition from national governments or from the private sector.

“For these cities, and the other cities across the country working on resilience strategies, this challenge is just the beginning. The victory of these cities is a sign that the federal government is starting to recognize and reward a new type of urban planning – one that is holistic, inclusive and forward looking. This type of planning is called: resilience.”