A second round of workshops for the public to provide ideas and suggestions for resilience in the Eastern Carolina Region have been scheduled for Oct. 18-19 in Kinston.
The input is for the Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, one of two final products created as part of the Regions Innovating for Strong Economies and Environment, or RISE, program.
RISE is a partnership between the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the state Councils of Governments. The first product is the vulnerability assessment.
Residents of Carteret, Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Wayne counties are encouraged to attend to offer insight to help develop strategies and projects that aim to build resilience and create a portfolio of proposed priority resilience projects that have regional benefit.
The in-person workshops are to take place 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, and 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, both in Lenoir Community College, Administration Building Room 125, 231 N.C. 58, Kinston. Both meetings will cover the same information.
The final portfolio, which will contain five to 10 prioritized strategies or projects, is to identify specific ways to help Eastern Carolina prepare for and recover from natural disasters and climate hazards.
The RISE project regions are defined by state council of governments geographies, and the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments is partnering with the state for this effort. Tetra Tech is providing technical assistance for RISE in Eastern Carolina.
RISE is funded by a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, with support from both NCORR and N.C. Rural Center.
The Duke Energy Foundation has committed $600,000 to offer Accelerator Grants to the regions for priority projects identified as an outcome of the program. RISE is managed by NCORR, a division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the program or what’s happening in each council of government region, visit the RISE website.