77th Annual Meeting

ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL COMMISSION ON COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL RESILIENCE

WHEREAS, the floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, terrorist attacks, pandemic influenza and other events of the past few years have demonstrated the vulnerabilities and interdependencies of our communities, cities and regions; and

WHEREAS, there is a growing realization that our citizens, businesses and governments, voluntary and faith-based organizations require more than basic plans for responding to and recovering from significant disruptions by untoward events that are natural, economic, or man-made; and

WHEREAS, there is increased emphasis at the local level that our communities must be able to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover fully and rapidly from significant disruptions with minimum damage to public safety and health, the economy, and local security from any threat or hazard; and

WHEREAS, there is growing acceptance that communities that can withstand loss or damage to life, property and the environment, but also quickly return citizens to work, reopen businesses and schools, and restore other essential services needed for a full and swift economic recovery are recognized as resilient communities; and

WHEREAS, resiliency can contribute to economic growth by creating a community that attracts and fosters business development and new residents; and

WHEREAS, there is no commonly accepted national framework for identifying resilient communities or for assisting communities to self-assess and then work toward a state of resilience in a methodical, systematic approach assisted by accepted tools and processes so as to reap the economic and social benefits of becoming resilient, and

WHEREAS, establishing such a common framework is best done, in partnership, at the local, grass-roots level in a broad-based manner that is inclusive of all elements of the community fabric - governmental, private business, associational, non-profit and faith-based - rather than top-driven by the federal government, and

WHEREAS, in many communities and regions across the United States there are initiatives, policies, plans, and technologies under development at the local level that are realistic, practical, and focused on community needs that have been started by business groups, local or state government officials, research institutions, economic development associations or non-profits but that have not yet been coordinated to achieve a broad-based, grass-roots driven, commonly accepted result,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U. S. Conference of Mayors hereby supports the establishment of a National Commission on Regional and Community Resilience composed of elected governors, elected mayors, appropriate representatives of national organizations and associations, and representatives of private business to supervise the creation of a common framework for community and regional resilience that meets the needs of our citizens, businesses and governments, voluntary and faith-based organizations at the community level, provides an understanding of and agreed upon terminology for community and regional resilience; examines how communities and regions can collaborate to achieve and sustain cost-effective resilience; and recommends to governments at all levels policies that are required to foster resilient communities.