NEW ORLEANS -- In front of a packed room of representatives from countries around the world, Mayor Mitch Landrieu named some the challenges New Orleans has faced.
"We had Katrina. We had Rita. We had Gustav. We had the national recession and we had the BP oil spill."
The list goes on as New Orleans continues to rebuild and revitalize neighborhoods after several disasters.
It's no surprise the Mayor's office picked Jeff Hebert, who has been key in helping the city recover, to show how New Orleans has comeback on a global scale.
Hebert's new role as the chief resilience officer takes his ideas to turn New Orleans into a thriving city and puts them front and center with some of the world's leading economies.
"We have been doing a lot of those things already and we have to put a lot of those pieces together into one strategy and then checking with other cities with similar issues and see if there are some creative solutions we can bring home to New Orleans," Hebert said.
The Rockefeller Foundation supported the idea to identify 100 cities around the world and pump $100-million into their improvement efforts to keep them ahead of challenging times.
President of the 100 Resilient Cities, Mike Berkowitz said, "New Orleans has much to teach the world about resilience and the world to teach New Orleans and I think that is the sentiment and what this effort is all about."
Rockefeller Foundation President, Dr. Judith Rodin, said, "Post-Katrina New Orleans in our view has become a case study for the benefit of building resilient strategies."
Herbert who helped work with the city since Katrina's devastation has plans to make 2018, the 300th anniversary of the city, the platform to show how resilient New Orleans has become.
The next steps involves putting together a team to address the needs of the city. After that, they will meet with a global consultant to put a plan into action.