Definition of a resilient city as broad as the term is vague, website reports
10 Nov 2014
Source: The Times-Picayune
By Richard Rainey
Dozens of cities -- New Orleans included -- have tapped new "chief resilience officers," but what exactly it is they do widely varies from place to place, person to person, leaving the term up to broad interpretation, according to interviews done by the website Next City.
Some officers see their jobs as dealing with natural disasters. Others, poorly built houses. And still others, education and creating opportunities for the next generation of a city to thrive.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu recently picked Jeff Hebert, executive director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, to be New Orleans' chief resilience officer under the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative.