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ULI’s Resilient City Workshop

img_4561ULI Tampa Bay received a $20,000 grant to provide technical assistance to the City of St. Petersburg, Florida on improving climate resilience from ULI’s Urban Resilience Program, supported by the Kresge Foundation. As a coastal peninsula, the City is uniquely vulnerable to environmental disasters such as severe storms and storm surge flooding, coastal flooding, hurricanes, sea level rise, and high heat events. The City recently committed resources to a planning effort focused on climate action and resiliency and looked to ULI for guidance on economic development and social equity strategies that can improve resilience.

On December 5th and 6th, ULI Tampa Bay convened top experts from New Orleans, Miami, Boston and the Tampa Bay region in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg for a ‘Resilient City Workshop’. Participants included the Chief Resilience Officer and Deputy Mayor for the City of New Orleans – Jeffrey Hebert and the Chief Resilience Officer for Miami Dade County – James Murley. The team also included leaders with expertise in development, architecture, public policy and community engagement.


  • James Cloar, Downtown Development Strategies and Chair of ULI Tampa Bay (Tampa) – Workshop Chair
  • Zelalem Adefris, Catalyst Miami
  • Katharine Burgess, Urban Land Institute
  • Leigh Fletcher, Fletcher & Fischer (Tampa)
  • Jeffrey Hebert, City of New Orleans
  • Lex Kelso, Green Coast Enterprises (New Orleans)
  • Leroy Moore, Tampa Housing Authority (Tampa)
  • James Murley, Miami Dade County
  • Taylor Ralph, REAL Building Consultants
  • Arlen Stawasz, Perkins + Will (Boston)

The team spent 2 days in sessions with over 75 stakehoimg_4609lders, including Mayor Rick Kriseman, Council Members, staff from the City, County and Region, and community leaders. At the culmination of the workshop, ULI and the City of St. Petersburg held a Public Open House to report their take-a-ways and experiences from home.

Specific recommendations include implementing a robust and targeted communication and education strategy, weaving resiliency through the capital budgeting process, and implementing demonstration projects focused on adaptation.

A written report on the Resilient City Workshop will be published in early 2017. ULI Tampa Bay is also planning for a resiliency session at its annual Emerging Real Estate Trends Conference on January 26th. 

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