Integrating Resilience into Local Government Operations

How do we make resilience a priority in New Orleans? The public is welcome to attend this workshop.

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Monday, November 14, 2016
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

5:00 refreshments, workshop 5:30-7pm


Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

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Given the importance of resilience in our region, this panel will examine how resilience efforts can be integrated into the daily operations of local governments. Recent years have seen moves towards embedding resilience concepts within our parishes, including the establishment of the Office of Resilience and Sustainability and Chief Resilience Officer position within the City of New Orleans, the creation of Jefferson Parish’s Stormwater Management Advisory Committee, and development of St. Bernard Parish’s Integrated Water Resource Management Plan. This workshop will explore how resilience and best practices in water management can become operationalized in local government to reduce risk to our region.


Charles Allen, Resilience Outreach Manager, City of New Orleans
Michelle Gonzales, Director of Floodplain Management & Hazard Mitigation, Jefferson Parish
Dale Thayer, Assistant Director of Community Development, St. Bernard
John Kiefer, Director of MPA Program, UNO

This workshop is co-hosted with the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative.

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This workshop is a part of a series included in the Water Challenge, an initiative presented by Propeller focused on solving our region’s most pressing water issues through entrepreneurship. Originally seeded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and The Idea Village, the Water Challenge is funded by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and supported by Entergy Corporation.