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The Florida Resilient Cities Program – Port St. Joe

LINK to the Florida Resilient Cities webpage: https://dcp.ufl.edu/frc/

Florida Resilient Cities (FRC) helps communities across Florida develop the capacity to be more prepared for, and more resilient to increased risk. Led by The Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER), the program bridges community needs with design research through the College of Design, Construction, and Planning, partnered with faculty from across the University of Florida.
Developing resilient communities requires a process that 1) empowers and synthesizes values and goals of a broad range of stakeholders, 2) incorporates dependable baseline data reflecting future conditions, and 3) builds local capacity to champion, fund, and implement projects. Through collaborative research projects, access to data analytic tools, community planning and design, FRC will help Florida meet the challenges that lie ahead.

Through generous support from the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, the first FRC team including FIBER, the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, and The Center for Landscape Conservation and Planning, is focused on the City of Port St. Joe and its surrounding region’s recovery from Hurricane Michael and long-term resilience. On October 10th, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, the first Category 5 hurricane to hit the US mainland since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The storm devastated communities across the Florida Panhandle and into Georgia. Many months after the storm, debris is still being collected and people throughout the region are working to move forward.

The FRC is engaging city officials and residents through a suite of courses and faculty-led research projects to provide solutions to the most pressing challenges within the themes of affordable housing, environmental management, and policies for adaptation to sea level rise. In partnership with city residents, FRC is identifying project champions to represent the community’s interests. Rapid research and design projects undertaken in partnership with the city will spur further implementation efforts.

How it Works
FRC will select one city or regional scale partner for the 2020–2021 year. The FRC team working with the selected partner community will begin work on the 15- to 18-month collaboration with workshops beginning in spring 2020. The partnership will continue through the academic year focusing on projects in Spring 2021. The program culminates in an implementation summit to be help in the early fall of 2021
FRC Schedule

Phase 1: Needs Assessment
Project leaders will work with local stakeholders and community leaders to identify priority projects determined essential for long-term resilience.

Phase 2: Building Partnerships
Priority project ideas are used to kickoff a competitive process to solicit faculty proposals for semester-long research/teaching efforts to devise policies, apply analytical tools, and develop specific designs. Project teams are assembled from interested faculty across UF.

Phase 3: Research and Course Operation
6-10 courses and/or small research projects will be underway in Spring semester. Small grant support will be allocated to faculty for travel to the project site with students, printing and supplies for documents, public presentations, data and research needs, and graduate assistant support for further development of student work. Project teams meet periodically with the FRC team and community leaders for feedback.

Phase 4: Final Coordination and Public Exhibition
Florida Resilient Cities team will collect, synthesize, and produce a document that incorporates all project outputs and recommendations that will be delivered to the city. In addition an “implementation summit” will be organized to gather project stakeholders and potential funders, investors, and government agencies to look towards further implementation of project ideas.

Financing FRC
FRC provides unparalleled access to a broad range of University of Florida faculty, staff, students, and resources. In addition to the specific research needs that UF faculty can fill, FRC provides project scoping, coordination, project management, access to data, and eventual publication of findings. FRC projects are publicized both locally and through the UF website and media.
FRC receives in-kind support from the University through faculty and student time, as well as through potential additional donors. However, program funding is also generated through partnerships with the host community, county or state funds, or federal or foundation grants unique to each year.
For further information contact:

LINK to the Florida Resilient Cities webpage: https://dcp.ufl.edu/frc/
Jeff Carney AIA, AICP
Associate Professor, School of Architecture
Associate Director, FIBER
Office – 352.294.3373

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