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Mayor's Office of Resilience

The Mayor’s Office of Resilience leads citywide efforts to help Nashville prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like floods, tornadoes, and fires – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving issues like access to public transportation, affordable housing, and poverty and inequality. Mayor Barry has prioritized economic inclusion and equity as a lens for building urban resilience.

The Office will work across city departments and the community to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure Nashville is ready to respond to disasters, whether economic or environmental. We must better understand the modern challenges we face; review our ability to address those challenges; and unite people, projects, and priorities so that Nashville can collectively act on our resilience challenges.

In March of 2017, the Mayor’s Office and 100 Resilient Cities convened an Agenda-Setting Workshop. This day-long event brought together 120 community stakeholders to engage in dialogue about Nashville’s resilience priorities. Read the Agenda-Setting Workshop Report to learn more.

What is Urban Resilience?

Urban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

What are we doing and why?

Nashville is growing rapidly, but we’re at a critical moment. While growth brings economic success, it also brings challenges like affordability, transportation, and racial and economic inequities. Nashville has already shown a great deal of resilience by bouncing back from a catastrophic flood in 2010 and the Great Recession. However, economic prosperity hasn’t reached all parts of our city. As we look to the future, we have tremendous opportunities to leverage Nashville’s strengths and economic growth to address some of our greatest challenges and ensure that all communities can thrive.

Nashville’s Resilience Strategy will create a citywide effort to build resilience, utilizing existing plans and strategies, including NashvilleNext, nMotion, Livable Nashville, and the Housing Nashville Report. The strategy will focus on addressing the following risks:

Shocks

  • Rainfall flooding
  • Tornadoes and windstorms
  • Cyber-attacks
  • Extreme temperatures

Stresses

  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Rising poverty and inequity
  • Poor education quality
  • Poor transportation network quality

100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is a global network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Nashville was selected through a competitive application process in 2016.

Through the city’s engagement with 100RC, Nashville is receiving funding for a Chief Resilience Officer to lead 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.