Below please find presentations delivered at the December 2013 Resilient Counties forum. Click on each speaker’s name to view the presentation. View the full forum program here.
Lessons from County Leaders: Partnering to Confront Change
A panel of county leaders discussed how their communities responded to significant local disasters and the steps they are taking to mitigate potential future disasters, with a particular focus on local and regional partnerships to maintain and improve county operations during times of crisis.
- Hon. Linda Langston, NACo President and Supervisor, Linn County, Iowa
- Hon. Frank Magsamen, Supervisor, Black Hawk County
- Hon. Jane Hague, Councilmember, King County, Washington
- Hon. Darry Stacy, Commissioner, Cleveland County, Oklahoma
- Moderator: Bill Peterson, Executive Director, Iowa State Association of Counties
Leveraging Technology Tools to Prepare for Threats
New technologies, innovative mapping tools, mobile applications, social media and other tech resources can revolutionize how counties prepare for and recover from crisis situations. A panel of experts highlighted innovative tools available to counties.
- Lori Cary-Kothera, Operations Manager – Science and Geospatial Solutions Division, NOAA Coastal Services Center
- Jason Hutchens, Solution Sales Engagement Manager – Public Safety (Central Region), Motorola Solutions
- Rob Welton, National Business Manager – Enterprise Security, Siemens.
- Moderator: Lauren Alexander Augustine, Director – Office of Special Projects on Risk, Resilience, and Extreme Events, National Academy of Sciences
Local Philanthropic, Business and Economic Development Engagement in Recovery Efforts
The philanthropic community, local business leaders and economic development professionals can play a key role in fostering county resilience. Experienced community leaders described how their organizations have partnered with public- and private-sector leaders in recovery efforts. View the presentations.
- Les Garner, President and CEO, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
- Karla Twedt-Ball, Vice President for Programs, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
- Robin Barnes, Executive Vice President and COO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
- Lon Olejniczak, Senior Vice President, TransAmerica
- Cindy Dietz, Director of Corporate Communications, Rockwell Collins
- Moderator: Gerald McSwiggan, Director of Issue Networks, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Business Civic Leadership Center
“Pervasive Readiness: Pipedream or Possible?”
(chapter co-authored by Jason Hutchens, found in McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook: Strategic Guidance for a Coordinated Approach to Effective Security and Emergency Management, Second Edition). Outlines significant lessons learned, best practices, and feasible approaches towards achieving a sustainable state of pervasive readiness.
"A Safe and Integrated City" (article by Rob Welton, Siemens): This paper explores ways that city leaders can work towards the goal of a safe, integrated city and options for financing safety and security technologies for their city.
Sustainable Ports: Strategies for Port Development and Operations
This issue brief explores the vital role that ports play in counties across the U.S., and what steps counties can take to ensure that they minimize their ports’ environmental impact while remaining competitive in local and global commercial activities. Case studies highlight innovative work that counties are already doing, and offer ideas and additional resources to support counties in promoting more efficient and sustainable port development.
Understanding the Smart Grid: A Guide for County Leaders
In February of 2014, the
National Association of Counties released an issue brief on the role that
counties can play in advancing energy technology through the adoption of and
investment in smart grid technologies.
Energy Efficient County Buildings
In May of 2012, the National Association of Counties and the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) launched a study to learn more about how counties use energy in their buildings.
The County Sustainability Team
A poster which visually demonstrates the various departments within county government that are influencing sustainability to better their communities. Hard copies of the poster are available upon request.
Green Technology: How Tech Enables Counties to Invest in Renewables
Thursday, February 27, 2014; 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM Eastern Time
Recent advancements in technology have spurred interest and growth across the nation in renewable energy. Technology is allowing counties to more efficiently develop renewable energy programs - from siting new wind energy facilities, to creating energy from once unused sources including converting post-recycled solid waste into electricity, to ensuring reliable and secure transmission of energy via smart grids. By providing an easier path to renewable energy, technology is helping counties reduce energy costs and generate new economic activity, while meeting sustainability goals.
Green Goods: How to Create Sustainable County Purchasing and Procurement Programs
Wednesday, January 22, 2014; 2:00-3:15 PM Eastern time
As counties strive to reduce waste, conserve energy and lower operational costs, purchasing recycled and environmentally-friendly goods, materials and services can greatly contribute to meeting a county’s financial and sustainability goals. Join us to discuss how you can help your county develop an environmentally preferred purchasing program, navigate the myriad of product eco-labels and green purchasing guidelines and hear success stories from counties that have established sustainable purchasing and procurement programs.
|Obama Administration Accepting Applications for New Climate Action Champions Competition|(read more)5 days ago
Written by Jen Horton, NACo Program Manager.
The colors on the map show temperature changes over the past 22 years (1991-2012) compared to the 1901-1960 average, and compared to the 1951-1980 average for Alaska and Hawaii. The period from 2001 to 2012 was warmer than any previous decade in every region. (Figure source: NOAA NCDC / CICS-NC).
On October 1st, the Obama Administration announced a new Climate Action Champions competition to identify, showcase and invest in up to 15 local and tribal governments across the nation that demonstrate ongoing commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. Focusing on both mitigation a...
|Coastal Resiliency: Ecosystem Management|(read more)6 days ago
Written by Alyssum Pohl, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow.
The many facets of coastal resilience may fall under three broad topics: water quality, severe weather and climate change adaptation, and ecosystem management. Two recent NACo publications, Planning Resilient Water Systems and Severe Weather and Climate Change Adaptation, review county-implemented solutions addressing water quality and severe weather and climate change issues. This in-depth blog post will touch upon the third facet, ecosystem management. Ecosystem management approaches can help to alleviate or solve ecological issues, economic difficulties, ineffective decision-making processes and social concerns. Good ecosystem management demands attention to the complexity of natural processes and social systems, considers geographic areas that may not adhere to political boundaries and emphasizes collaborative dec...
|(NACo Podcasts) Great Lakes Planning Guide: A New Resource|(read more)2 weeks ago
Alyssum Pohl, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow at NACo interviews Jeff Stone, Senior Project Manager at the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), about a new website called the Great Lakes Planning Guide. The Guide provides Great Lakes region stories, data, tools and other resources related to flooding, bluff erosion, invasive species, and other coastal concerns. Mr. Stone shares the impetus for creating the guide, a bit about the process, as well as how users can best benefit from the resource.
Explore the Great Lakes Planning Guide at greatlakesresilience.org
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|Two New Coastal Tools: Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper and the Lake Level Viewer| (read more)2 weeks ago This particular view of the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper shows storm surge scenarios at 58 percent opacity (orange and red) and the protection layer (gray) over the natural areas and open space map (green) of Atlantic County, N.J.
The goal of the Coastal Flood Exposure Mapperis to catalyze discussions about coastal flood impacts based on maps that users create. This tool has ...
|America’s PrepareAthon: Preparing our Nation One Community at a Time|(read more)2 weeks ago
This is a guest post written by Gwen Camp, the Director of Individual and Community Preparedness for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
America’s PrepareAthon! offers specific preparedness actions and resources to prepare for a disaster
Building strong communities through disaster preparedness is more important than ever and counties across America are leading the way. America’s PrepareAthon!is a grassroots effort to make us smarter and more ready for the next disaster by asking communities to practice what they would do if a disaster impacts their community. Constituents will often turn to elected officials in times of crisis, so it’s important to prepare now. County officials can rally their communi...