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Recovery from economic, natural, and health-related disasters is a long-term process that must start from immediate community action. This section explores strategies and ideas for recovery from disasters.
Many disasters, such as a pandemic, are disasters that ignore political boundaries and regional collaborative approaches are necessary. Yet the changes needed to move toward recovery happen fastest at the local level.
When communities take the time to formalizing the current recovery efforts into plans, policies, and partnerships, a community becomes more economically resilient to future shocks and stresses. Resilience strategies are a mixture of proven best practices and creative improvisation. RRC will expand these strategies and ideas with additional precedents, particularly as the COVID-19 crisis evolves in Michigan.
These immediate strategies and ideas are organized by RRC’s Six Best Practices. We’ve broadened the Best Practice categories to include ideas outside of redevelopment.
Resilience is broad and our path forward must be collaborative. No one agency, field or program can or should claim ownership of this space. As such, RRC has created a guide to help communities better understand - and act on - issues applicable to their community.
Each chapter in this toolkit provides an overview of a theme, then breaks down a set of suggested values, goals, metrics and actions you can use in your master plans, capital improvement plans or resilient climate action plans. Look for when a recommendation ties directly to an RRC Best Practice expectation. These resilient strategies are meant to supplement the RRC Best Practices and provide RRC communities a set of resources that go beyond the RRC expectations.
Strategies by Best Practice
Economic Development & Marketing
Economic Development & Marketing (RRC Best Practice 5) assesses what goals and actions a community has identified to assist in strengthening its overall economic health. This best practice also includes an assessment of a community's marketing strategy and website. For this site, we have expanded the Best Practice to include municipal programming.
Priority Redevelopment Sites
Priority Redevelopment Sites (RRC Best Practice 6) assesses how a community identifies, visions for and markets priority redevelopment sites. A redevelopment ready site is a site targeted by the community and ready for investment. For this site, we have expanded the Best Practice to include municipal investment in infrastructure.