10 Must Reads on Resilience and Building Communities That Last

These "must reads" bring you the most current and important resiliency ideas, insights, and leading practices.

BLOG POST | Aug 16, 2018

ICMA has collected its greatest ideas and practical strategies on the topic of resiliency to share with you before the 2018 ICMA Annual Conference arrives in September. This year, a portion of the educational sessions will focus on creating communities that last.

Today’s communities face a complicated world with the problems and opportunities that come with it. Local government managers have a responsibility to ensure that their communities stand the test of time and remain viable and strong for generations to come. The ICMA "must reads" listed here address the economic, social, and environmental resiliency issues faced by communities of all sizes and the innovative solutions that colleagues and partners have found to be successful.

Building Resilient Communities

This article includes information that can help jump-start a discussion in your own community. Seize the opportunity to become a resilient community that isn’t defined by adversity, but by your response when faced with challenges.

LocalGov Life Podcast - Stories of Crisis and Resilience

Compelling stories of local government professionals and how they overcame the disruptive challenges in their community – both personal and professional.

5 Steps to Resiliency in Today’s Civic World

At its core, resiliency is the ability to bounce back from adversity and the unexpected.

Four Forces That Lead to Urban Success

Cities and counties may be imagined by planners or architects; their directions may be invoked by politicians or civic leaders, and their capabilities may be burnished by financiers or educators. Ultimately, however, they are successful because of the collective energies and the creative chaos of the people who live and work in them.

Infrastructure Financing - A Guide for Local Government Managers

This ICMA/GFOA white paper explores how local governments are addressing the challenge of bridging infrastructure financing gaps.

6 Stories of Recovery and Resilience

From Life, Well Run comes six stories of managers bringing their communities through disasters to a more sustainable future.

Successes in Climate Adaptation Planning in the Dominican Republic

The Planning for Climate Adaptation program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by ICMA, improved the ability of communities in the Dominican Republic to develop participatory land use plans to help reduce the impacts of climate change. This infographic provides a summary of program results.

5 Ways GIS Technology Helps Build Resiliency in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

In Esri Smart Communities Case Studies Series, the Fort Lauderdale case study identified five ways the city was able to promote resiliency with GIS technology.

The Economic Impact of Parks and Recreation

Cort Jones, communications manager, National Recreation and Parks Association, argues that parks and recreation can have a big economic impact on a community.

5 Perspectives on Recovery and Resiliency

Here are five perspectives and resources on recovery, resiliency, and the key role local government plays in creating a safer community after disaster strikes.

For more insight on creating communities that last, attend the 2018 ICMA Annual Conference in Baltimore, September 23-26, 2018.

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