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Strategy Implementation Updates

Norfolk’s resilience strategy contains actionable recommendations to face and respond to our current and future challenges and capitalize on our strengths and opportunities. The actions that support the strategy are diverse, but all of them are a commitment to a new way of doing business—collective and coordinated action to build resilience. Below, you can learn about the initiatives that are already underway.

Goal 1: Design the coastal community of the future. 

Dutch Dialogues
The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and the cities of Norfolk, Newport News, and Hampton jointly hosted the Virginia Dutch Dialogues in June 2015 to generate innovative ideas for living with water. For Norfolk, these innovations included using water management as a way to protect and revitalize neighborhoods. 
Learn more.  

Vision 2100
The City of Norfolk has begun a planning process called Vision 2100, a citizen-led discussion to identify what principles the city should use to guide future land use decisions. Read more...

Retain Your Rain
Norfolk residents learn how they can be part of building a more resilient Norfolk through a citywide, systemic approach to water management. Read more...

In collaboration with the Norfolk Master Gardeners, Bayview Civic League, Bay View Elementary, and Norfolk Master Naturalists, the City of Norfolk hosted its second Retain Your Rain workshop at Bay View Elementary School in Spring 2017! The green infrastructure installed by volunteers will capture 600 gallons of rainwater. Read more. 


City of Norfolk Zoning Ordinance Rewrite
The City of Norfolk is conducting a comprehensive rewrite of its Zoning Ordinance to position the city as the resilient coastal community of the future. In collaboration with 100 Resilient Cities, the Office of Resilience, Planning Department, and local stakeholders, participated in a collaborative workshop and interviewed other coastal cities to explore how resilience can best be infused into a new zoning ordinance for the city. To stay updated, click here.

Resilience Opportunity Framing Workshop helps City, Naval Station, and USA Army Corps
Last October, Norfolk's City Manager, The Commander of Naval Mid-Atlantic Facilities Engineering Command, and the Norfolk District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander (USACE) and their senior staffs participated in a two-day workshop on resilience value realization. Read more...

Citywide Coastal Storm Risk Management Study 

The US Army Corps of Engineers, in collaboration with the City of Norfolk, is in the middle of a three-year long Coastal Storm Risk Management study to develop an array of structural and non-structural flood mitigation projects for the city.  
 
NATO Interdependency in Resilience Conference
From May 2nd to 4th 2017, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Transformation and the Mayor of Norfolk hosted a conference examining 'Interdependency in Resilience', supported by leaders from 34 NATO and EU nations, and more than 30 private sector partners. The conference improved understanding and visibility of what resilience means across the civil, private, and military sectors; established knowledge transfer and developed actionable proposals to improve mutual collaboration to help build resilience. Read more... Watch a video on the conference.

Read the conference paper 'Building Resilience -- Collaborative Proposals to Help Nations and Partners' here.

National Disaster Resilience Competition Project

Planning is underway for implementation of the $112 million HUD grant awarded to the Commonwealth of Virginia for a transformational coastal improvement project in Norfolk. The Ohio Creek Watershed project will implement various landscape and hardscape options to reduce flooding and improve connectivity to the rest of the city and waterway. To stay updated, click here. 

Goal 2: Create economic opportunity by advancing efforts to grow existing and new industry sectors.

RE.bound Bonds
Investing in resilience is complicated. The City of Norfolk organized a workshop to discuss how to capture potential insurance benefits generated by specific coastal protection projects. Read more...

Goal 3: Advance initiatives to connect communities, deconcentrate poverty, and strengthen neighborhoods.

We Feed 
The City of Norfolk, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore and the local IT firm Concursive, have partnered to fight food insecurity in the city. Read more...

Bank On
Bank On Norfolk has been essential in advancing our resilience goals by building economic resilience throughout Norfolk, resident by resident. Bank On Norfolk was established in January 2016, when the City partnered with Bank On Hampton Roads to bring free financial education classes to Norfolk citizens, a collaboration that also aligns with the Norfolk Plan to Reduce Poverty. So far, we've held two graduations, and current classes will graduate July 2017. Learn more.

Using Technology to Build Resilient Communities

The City of Norfolk is taking advantage of a changing environment to build resilience by designing the coastal community of the future, connecting communities, and strengthening neighborhoods. The use of application programs, more commonly known as apps, is playing a significant role in helping the city reach these resilience goals. Click here to read about these apps.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
The City of Norfolk is building community-level resilience through a collaborative initiative, Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Under the program, Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) Midrise apartment residents learn about disaster readiness, neighborhood safety, fire safety, and first aid. Click here to learn more. 


Contact Us

Office of Resilience 

501 Boush St. 
Norfolk, VA 23510

Ph: 757-441-2602
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Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Staff