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Community Resilience



Regional Resilience Plan Shelby County, TN

SPW partnered with Sasaki Associates to provide resilience planning and community engagement services in development of Shelby County's Regional Resilience Plan. The partnership was funded by a $60.4 Million grant through HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition. SPW delivered a comprehensive set of actionable strategies in the form of projects, policies, a regional resilience playbook, and a Regional Resilience Master Plan to maximize resilience implementation.


Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC)

SPW leads the Equitable Development process to examine and change the systems and policies that affect how we build and rebuild our communities. This process targets investments that impact the built environment, through the lenses of racial equity, climate resilience, and health. The Memphis, TN initiative is funded by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Equitable Development principles ensure that quality of life outcomes – affordable housing, quality education, living wage employment, healthy environments, and transportation – are equitably experienced by the people currently living and working in a neighborhood, as well as for new people moving in.



Resilience & Adaptability
Memphis, TN

SPW partners with urban planners, emergency managers, public works engineers, and resilience practitioners to incorporate green infrastructure, climate change adaptations, hazard zone avoidance techniques, wellhead protection, floodplain/ watershed protection, natural hazards, and resilience solutions into the comprehensive city planning process. This is a three-year project structured around four pillars – Connectivity, Opportunity, Livability, Sustainability.



Community Resilience System Initiative

SPW Community Strategies partnered with the DHS-sponsored Community and Regional Resilience Institute to design and develop a web-based process that helps communities assess, measure, and improve their resilience. Representatives from local governments, businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations nation-wide partnered to develop the system. SPW Community Strategies conducted a resilience and sustainability profile; completed an assessment through custom census surveys, interviews, forums; and developed an action plan through working groups. The process identified critical community services that support and improve the quality of life in our communities.

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