Upper Coastal Plain Regional Resilience Portfolio

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The Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments is working with NCORR’s RISE Program to develop a portfolio of priority projects that strengthen regional resilience. This multi-phase effort includes a forward-looking vulnerability assessment, the identification of 5-10 high-priority projects and a list of the actions needed to implement each proposed project. A diverse stakeholder partnership is guiding the project to ensure that the scope of work reflects local priorities. The Upper Coastal Plain COG is offering project guidance, a local leader has been hired by the NC Rural Center to provide facilitation support and Kleinfelder Inc. is providing technical assistance.

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Submit Feedback on Regional Climate Resilience Projects

The Climate Resilience Projects Portfolio for the Upper Coastal Plain Region identifies priority projects and strategies that reduce the risks associated with extreme weather events and enhance regional resilience. The portfolio aims to produce shovel-ready actions with detailed implementation steps, including estimated costs, potential implementing partners, likely project completion challenges and more. Residents of the Upper Coastal Plain region are encouraged to review the draft portfolio of priority resilience projects and share feedback.

  • Review the draft Resilience Portfolio.
  • Submit comments and feedback via email to Julia Maron by Monday, Dec. 5.
    • Please be as specific with your comments as possible, indicating the page and paragraph numbers when feasible.

Public Workshop #2: Upper Coastal Plain Regional Resilience Portfolio Project

Sept. 22, 2022: 3–4:30 p.m. and 6–7:30 p.m.

Workshop attendees had a chance to learn more about the Upper Coastal Plain Regional Resilience Portfolio Project and give feedback on potential regional projects and strategies to build future community resilience in Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton and Wilson counties. Five to 10 prioritized strategies or projects will be included in the final portfolio, which will identify specific ways to help communities prepare for and recover from natural disasters and climate hazards. 

Public Workshop #1: Understanding Vulnerability from the Local Perspective

April 14, 2022: 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:30–7 p.m.

During this workshop, community members and stakeholders learned about the Upper Coastal Plain Regional Resilience Portfolio Project and participated in group discussions about community challenges related to climate impacts and resilience.

Review the Draft Vulnerability Assessment

The Climate Change and Natural Hazards Vulnerability Assessment for the Upper Coastal Plain Region is a report describing past problems and future risks associated with extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding, extreme temperatures, droughts and wildfires. The report outlines the impacts of these climate hazards on housing, the environment and the economy.

If you would like to receive occasional news about the project, please subscribe to email updates.

To stay on top of the project, provide feedback on past meeting topics and comment on the draft Vulnerability Assessment, visit the RISE Upper Coastal Plain StoryMap. This online engagement tool will be updated regularly with additional information.

  • For more information about the state's RISE initiative in the Upper Coastal Plain COG region, contact NCORR Resilience Policy Advisor Andrea Webster.
  • For information about the program's local activities, contact RISE Upper Coastal Plain Region Facilitator Dawn Daly-Mack.
  • Technical Assistance Lead: Michael Hicks (Kleinfelder)

If you are interested in joining the Upper Coastal Plain Stakeholder Partnership, please reach out to any of the regional contacts listed above.

Project Overview

Step 1. Vulnerability Assessment

The first phase of the project is the development of a vulnerability assessment. This analysis brings together science and local knowledge to paint a picture of hazards in the region and how they may change in the future.

Step 2. Propose and Prioritize Projects

The second phase of the project is the development of a portfolio of several projects that have regional benefits for resilience. Proposed projects could include construction projects, nature-based solutions, outreach and capacity building activities, or planning and policy developments. The regional benefit could come in many forms, such as reducing downstream flooding, offering a resource to multiple local governments, or crafting a pilot project with replicability in other places.

A critical component of developing the portfolio is finding achievable paths to implementation, including funding sources and capacity considerations. The region will have the opportunity to select a project for seed funding from the Duke Energy Foundation RISE Accelerator Grant Program.

Resource Documents

The RISE effort builds on analysis and planning conducted over the last several years. These resources include: