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Resilient DC

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Mayor Bowser established the Resilient DC initiative to build DC’s resilience catastrophic shocks and chronic stresses in order to ensure that DC thrives in the face of change. This includes the ability to withstand any natural or man-made challenges that threaten our communities and tackle the social challenges that come with being a fast-growing city. In 2016, Washington, DC was selected from more than 1,000 cities around the world to become part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network, along with cities like Paris, New York, Bangkok, and Buenos Aires. As part of the 100RC network, the city received technical and financial support to develop and implement a resilience strategy for handling natural and manmade challenges. The final strategy is the result of a nearly two-year process of shared discovery that resulted in a deeper, cross-sector understanding of some of DC’s most important challenges. In total, more than 100 community leaders and subject matter experts contributed, in addition to the 1,100 residents, from all eight wards, who shared their ideas for building resilience. For more information about Resilient DC, visit or download the full strategy below.

Resilient DC: A Strategy to Thrive in the Face of Change