Lessons from the Storm: Building (and Rebuilding) Strong, Sustainable, and Disaster Resilient Communities

Monday, April 13, 2015

Across the country, many communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years are looking for ways to rebuild that capitalize on their distinctive assets, increase housing and transportation choices, enhance quality of life, and strengthen long-term resilience and economic competitiveness.  Others are working to set the stage for sound recovery decisions when a disaster does occur.

On November 18-19, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation hosted Lessons from the Storm: Building (and Rebuilding) Strong, Sustainable, and Disaster Resilient Communities in Little Rock, AR, a workshop that brought together regional and local leaders from around the U.S. for a conversation about disaster recovery and preparedness strategies that also advance broader environmental, community, and economic development objectives.

The workshop, which focused on the needs of small to mid-sized metro areas and rural communities, included peer exchange and training on best practices for post-disaster recovery, resilient local and regional planning, sustainable development and smart growth, economic resilience, affordable housing recovery, and much more.  Additionally, participants toured Mayflower and Vilonia, two small cities working to build back better after a devastating tornado in April, and downtown Little Rock’s Creative Corridor [PDF], which is in the midst of an exciting revitalization.

Materials from the workshop are now available.  Click here for the event packet which includes the agenda, information about the tours, and a contact list for attendees.  Click the links below for PowerPoint presentations (in PDF format).

Visit http://www.nado.org/workshop-materials-now-available-from-lessons-from-t... for more materials.