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City of Houston selected to join 100 Resilient Cities Global Network

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities have announced that Houston is joining the Network, a global effort to build urban resilience around the world. Through the partnership with 100RC, Houston will create and implement a comprehensive resilience strategy  to enhance the city’s long-term vision to build resilience to the shocks —such as hurricanes and flooding — and stresses that can weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis.

Houston’s membership in the 100RC Network is being sponsored through $1.8 million in funding by Shell Oil Company (Shell).

“We are pleased to welcome the City of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner to our global network,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “With the experience of Hurricane Harvey still fresh on the minds of many in and around Houston, we see ample opportunity to work with the city in creating a long-term vision to address risks, build new opportunities, and ultimately build a more resilient Houston by leveraging the experiences of the 100RC Network and by fostering an inclusive, comprehensive resilience planning process.”

“I’m excited about this very special partnership among the city, 100 Resilient Cities and Shell because of what it can mean for Houstonians now and in the decades to come,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “The generosity of 100RC and Shell means Houston will become part of a network that is building stronger cities that will be more ready to deal with one-time obstacles, long-term challenges and a next Hurricane Harvey.”

100RC selects cities based on each city’s demonstrated commitment to building resilience in the face of the complex, multiform challenges of the 21st century – along with strong mayoral leadership and commitment to executing the program.

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