The National League of Cities (NLC) announced Dubuque and seven other cities for the Leadership in Community Resilience program. Each city will receive $10,000 in direct financial support as well as technical assistance and advisory services from NLC staff and partners to help them meet community-specific resiliency goals. The eight cities selected for the 2021 Leadership in Community Resilience Program are: Alton, TX; Arlington, MA; Cedar Rapids, IA; Dubuque, IA; Flagstaff, AZ; Portsmouth, NH; Raleigh, NC; and Spokane, WA.
Now in its fifth year, the Leadership in Community Resilience program is generously supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo. The program offers training, tools, and partnerships to support local government leaders as they prepare their communities for extreme events as well as long-term climatic and social stressors.
Officials from Dubuque submitted a proposal detailing resiliency challenges in the community and proposed a project focused on energy efficiency in rental units and local capacity building with teens from the Multicultural Family Center. Energy efficiency measures will help the City meet its 50% by 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goal, build resiliency in our housing stock and support renters with housing affordability.
In addition to the direct support provided to these eight cities, NLC will share their experiences and best practices with other NLC member cities, serving as examples for hundreds of other communities seeking to achieve greater resiliency for their residents and prepare for the impacts of climate change.