Resilient Counties Initiative

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Hurricanes, wildfires, economic collapse, and other disasters can be natural or man-made, acute or long-term, foreseeable or unpredictable. Preparation for and recovery from such events requires both long-term planning and immediate action.

NACo works to strengthen county resiliency by building leadership capacity to identify and manage risk, and allow counties to become more flexible and responsive. Through the use of sustainable practices and infrastructure, counties will be better prepared to address these issues in a manner that can minimize the impact on local residents and businesses, while helping counties save money.

Through the initiative, NACo:

  • Develops strategies to foster economic growth and competitiveness;
  • Educates counties on techniques for implementing resiliency and sustainability strategies;
  • Provides tools for counties to educate their communities on resiliency initiatives;
  • Identifies ways to leverage changing conditions and take advantage of new technologies and innovation; and
  • Facilitates an open exchange with the private sector.

Resilient Counties Initiative

Resilient Counties Advisory Board


Valerie Poindexter
Council Member
Hawaii County, Hawaii


County Vice-Chair

Christopher Coudriet
County Manager
New Hanover County, North Carolina


James Gore
Sonoma County, California


Carol Moehrle
Public Health Director - Idaho North Central District
Nez Perce County, Idaho


Lily Morgan
Josephine County, Oregon


Patricia O'Bannon
Henrico County, Virginia


Victoria Reinhardt
Ramsey County, Minnesota


Brigid Shea
Travis County, Texas



  • Program Manager – Resilient Economies and Communities  
    (202) 942-4274