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Regional Economic Resilience

GOAL: Establish a regional resilience strategy involving elected and business leadership, inclusive of funding mechanisms to guide, incentivize, protect, and promote public and private investments and the economic integrity of the region.

As climate impacts have become more apparent in Southeast Florida over the past decade, there is a growing awareness that regional collaborative efforts must expand to include a greater degree of collaboration between governments and the private sector to protect the region’s economy. Proactive efforts to address climate change—both in building resilience and reducing emissions—represent specific economic development opportunities for the region. Protecting regional prosperity is an equal and integrated goal with protecting natural resources; infrastructure; and quality of life for all who live, work, and play in Southeast Florida.

These recommendations provide a blueprint for how local governments and the economic development community can work together to ensure individual businesses can continue to operate during weather extremes, use their collective expertise to build the business case for resilience investments across Southeast Florida, and use their collective voice to advocate for appropriate investments in the region by state and federal government.

Establish a regional economic resilience communications strategy.
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Advance regional resilience infrastructure standards.
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Seek federal and state engagement to develop a resilience strategy.
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Pursue the development of regional water models.
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Integrate resilience and economic development at the regional level.
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Establish funding strategies to provide for equitable investment.
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Engage in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) process.
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Serve as a model for regional resilience.
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Strive for equity in adaptation planning.
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