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The N.C. Office of Recovery Resiliency (NCORR) Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, in partnership with nine councils of governments, is opening public comment for nine draft regional resilience portfolios. The portfolio program is serving nine regions that include counties in the eastern half of North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence. The public comment period will launch today, Nov. 22, and run through Dec. 5.
The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program serves the following council of governments regions: Kerr-Tar, Upper Coastal Plain, Albemarle, Mid-Carolina, Mid-East, Lumber River, Cape Fear, Eastern Carolina and Triangle J (except for Wake, Durham and Orange counties). A list of counties for each region can be found on the RISE website.
Five to ten prioritized resilience project descriptions with regional resilience benefits will be included in the draft portfolios. For those projects that have already identified potential implementing partners, that information will be included as well. The RISE program is seeking feedback on the projects themselves, including considerations to make the projects more effective and deliver the most value to the region. RISE is also seeking suggestions on potential partners for implementing the projects.
An initiative of the Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, the regional resilience portfolio is one of two final products created in partnership with each of the nine regional councils of governments to help those regions plan for the impacts of climate change. At the conclusion of the program, each of the participating regions will have a final portfolio of priority projects based on the area’s specific needs, which can be used when seeking funding from federal and other sources.
Residents of all nine council of governments regions are encouraged to review the draft portfolio of priority resilience projects for their region and share feedback using the links below.
- Cape Fear
- Eastern Carolina
- Lumber River
- Triangle J
- Upper Coastal Plain
The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program is a component of the larger Regions Innovating for Strong Economies & Environment (RISE) Program. RISE is a partnership between the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Councils of Governments.
RISE is funded by a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, with support from both NCORR and N.C. Rural Center. The Duke Energy Foundation has committed $600,000 to offer Accelerator Grants to the regions for priority projects identified as an outcome of the program. RISE is managed by NCORR, a division of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. To learn more about the program or what’s happening in each council of government region, visit the RISE website.