Resilient City Workshop

On December 5th and 6th 2016, ULI Tampa Bay, in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg, convened ULI members and collaborators from New Orleans, Miami, Boston and the Tampa Bay region for a ‘Resilient City Workshop’.

Addressing a changing environment in an equitable way is a challenge that all Tampa Bay communities must grapple with.

Resilient City Workshop

The Tampa Bay region is known as one of the most vulnerable in the world to wind damage, coastal flooding from storm surge and rising sea levels. The City of St. Petersburg, with over 60 miles of coastal frontage has already felt the impacts of storms.

The adverse effects from these types of environmental events often impact low income communities the hardest, as they have the most difficulty bouncing back from stresses and shocks. A significant number of St. Petersburg citizens, predominantly in South St. Petersburg (Southside Community Redevelopment Area), have disproportionate poverty and unemployment levels.

The City of St. Petersburg is committed to ensuring that investments in making the city resilient are equitable and create a range of opportunities that everyone can benefit from.

On December 5th and 6th 2016, the Urban Land Institute of Tampa Bay convened top experts in climate resilience from New Orleans, Miami, Boston and the Tampa Bay region to provide technical assistance to the City on creating an equitable culture of resilience. Participants included the Chief Resiliency Officers for the City of New Orleans and Miami Dade County, as well as leaders with expertise in development, architecture, public policy and community engagement.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Tampa Bay received a grant from the ULI Foundation and Kresge Foundation that funded this effort.

The Realizing Resilience Report has been featured in news articles on April 27th in Urban Land and on July 31, 2017 in the Tampa Bay Times.