A workshop is set for residents in the Albemarle Council of Governments, which serves Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, to share ideas and strategies on resilience during an in-person meeting in November.
The Albemarle Regional Resilience Portfolio Project In-Person Public Workshop is from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Albemarle Commission Office, 512 S. Church St., Hertford.
Five to 10 prioritized strategies or projects will be included in the final portfolio, which will identify specific ways to help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters and climate hazards. Strategies can include natural or man-made infrastructure projects, housing, communications and outreach, planning/policy, analysis or assessments, or any other type of effort that supports the region’s ability to withstand floods, heat waves, and other climate hazards
An initiative of the Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, the portfolio currently in development is one of two final products being created in partnership with each of the nine regional councils of governments. The regions are, in addition to the Albemarle, Kerr-Tar, Upper Coastal Plain, Mid-Carolina, Mid-East, Lumber River, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Triangle J, except for Wake, Durham and Orange counties.
The portfolio program is a component of Regions Innovating for Strong Economies & Environment, or RISE, Program, a partnership between the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Councils of Governments.
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.