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Resilient DC is the strategy for DC to thrive in the face of change. It is a tactical implementation strategy that brings together and aligns other major planning efforts into one coordinated effort to confront the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Resilient DC Open House – Ward 1

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Mayor Bowser established the Resilient DC initiative to build DC’s resilience to both catastrophic shocks and chronic stresses in order to ensure that DC thrives in the face of change. This includes being resilient to major changes in the economy, technology, and climate. We are making progress in our work to develop a DC’s first resilience strategy and want to update you on our work. To that end, the Office of the City Administrator is hosting open houses in each Ward to share the work done to date and hear your ideas on how we can make DC more resilient.


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What Is Resilience?

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Building resilience means strengthening DC’s immune system so that we can deal with any possible challenge. By strengthening the underlying fabric of our city and better understanding the potential shocks and stresses it may face, we ensure that DC thrives in the face of change.

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DC's Resilience Challenge

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Resilient DC is focused on three main drivers of change: economic and population growth, climate change, and technological transformation. It also focuses on individual resilience, acknowledging that we can only become a more resilient city by addressing longstanding health and safety challenges.