Communities face increasing threats from extreme weather events and unpredictable climate patterns that exacerbate existing economic, environmental, health, and other social stresses. It is critical that communities identify, address, and prepare for these risks and challenges to survive, thrive, and become more resilient. In this report, we look at the attributes of a resilient community, the various approaches Virginia communities have taken to build resilience, and how we can work together to become more resilient.
We chose to focus this year’s Resilient Virginia Conference on the numerous economic opportunities that currently exist for building community resilience in the state. Let’s be clear – businesses and communities will increasingly face risks in infrastructure damage, supply chain disruptions, and the toll on workers. However, by taking advantage of economic opportunities, they can begin to address the risks they are facing.