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About Us

In 2018, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council adopted a resolution recommitting to regionalism and supporting a program to convene stakeholders across the region to develop a structure and framework for a regional resilience collaborative. 

Three pillars were identified under the resilience umbrella; (people) Health + Equity, (places) Build Infrastructure + Natural Environment, and (prosperity) economic resilience. Woven throughout those pillars will be a reduction of the carbon footprint, risks and vulnerabilities utilizing emergency management, and increasing efforts toward sustainability region-wide; with the understanding that systems thrive and function at a higher level of capacity when they work together and resilience to any disaster rests on the premise that all aspects of a community- its places, people, and prosperity- are strong.

 

With this resilience framework in mind, the steering committee drafted a Memorandum of Understanding that formalized the Collaborative and identified partner local governments and agencies throughout our 8 counties, 78 city region. In May of 2019, the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative (ECFR2C) was formally established with a focus on building a regional in scale resilience effort, defining it as bouncing forward (not back) in the face of short-term shocks like hurricanes or infrastructure failures and long-term stressors like affordable housing, aging infrastructure, and climate change. These vulnerabilities need to be approached holistically, striving for transformative change to address the drivers of these vulnerabilities and those that exacerbate them.

Currently, the R2C is composed of a volunteered Council Sub-Committee, a Steering Committee, and six supporting technical advisory committees (TACs). Developed to address and focus discussions on specific regional concerns and potential opportunities, these eight committees support R2C collective efforts and overall vision towards achieving a more resilient east central Florida community. Each TAC - Regional Risk and Vulnerability TAC; Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory TAC; Infrastructure [Green, Grey, and Blue] TAC; Engagement and Academy TAC; Economic Resilience TAC; and Equity TAC— embraces at least one pillar (people, places, and prosperity) into their mission’s work; with the understanding that people, places, and prosperity are interconnected and interdependent components of a community’s system. 

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R2C Mission: Empower the communities in East Central Florida to advance resilience strategies that strengthen and protect the built infrastructure and natural environment, enhance health and equity, and ensure a thriving economy.