On July 8, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s office announced that Virginia has been selected to move forward into Phase 2 of the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD). Virginia’s proposal for funding is an initiative to help the Hampton Roads area plan for sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Following are the hyperlinked headline and an excerpt from the governor’s office’s news release on the competition. For more on sea-level rise in the Hampton Roads area, visit Old Dominion University’s Center for Sea Level Rise Web site, at http://www.centerforsealevelrise.org/.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Moving Forward in Natural Disaster Resilience Competition; Focus remains on Hampton Roads region to address climate and sea level change, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 7/8/15. Excerpt: “Virginia will be competing with 40 other projects nationwide for funding from HUD’s $1 billion competition. The NDRC makes $1 billion available to communities that have been affected by natural disasters in recent years. Grants will range from $1 million to $500 million, and the competition will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events, including climate change. Participation in Virginia’s effort is broadly based, bringing together multiple state and federal agencies, local governments, institutions of higher education, community groups and private sector partners. This grant opportunity is focused on communities in the Hampton Roads area, but these projects will benefit the Commonwealth as a whole, particularly in regions that experience flooding or other natural hazards. The result of the initial proposal was the creation of an innovative living-with-water approach called ‘thRIVe: Resilience in Virginia.’ The goal of this plan is to unite the region, create coastal resilience, build water management solutions, improve economic vitality and strengthen vulnerable neighborhoods. This comprehensive approach is designed to capitalize on the region’s strengths, convert risks and vulnerabilities into economic opportunities, and demonstrate best practices for low-lying areas nationwide. … The deadline for the phase two applications is October 27, 2015.”