Speaking at a one day orientation briefing yesterday, the Associate Director of City and Practice Management, Liz Agbor Tabi, said 100 Resilient Cities is ready to work with PCC in putting in place the needed strategies and infrastructures through the network that is provided with the resources necessary to develop a roadmap to resilience along four main pathways: financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city governance, the provision, with the consent of the PCC, of a Chief Resilience Officer who will lead the city’s resilience efforts and enhance the sharing of best practices among members of the 100RC.
She added that the orientation was the start of a process that will go a long way in helping PCC become resilient in dealing with challenges that would emerge as a result of disaster.
The 100RC official indicated that the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) was considered as a member of the network through a competitive process based on the innovative pedigree of Mayor Cyvette M. Gibson, a recent catalyst for change, with a history of building partnerships, and an ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders.
Ms. Agbor-Tabi disclosed that under this engagement with the PCC the two years’ salary of the Chief Resilience Officer will be paid solely by 100RC but pointed that the cost of other aspects of the partnership will be shared with the PCC.
“Under these engagements, we want to ensure that the risk is shared. We will pay the salary of the Chief Resilience Officer for two years. The second part of the process will be the holding of a strategic planning workshop that will set the pace for the carving of a strategy that will guide PCC during the period of the partnership and beyond. After the two years period, the Paynesville City Corporation will review the significance of the Chief Resilience Officer and make a determination on whether or not it is still necessary,” Liz told the participants.
According to her, through these actions, 100RC aims not only to help individual cities become more resilient, but will facilitate the building of a global practice of resilience among governments, NGOs, the private sector, and individual citizens.
The Associate Director of City and Practice Management said she will be the liaison between PCC and the 100RC throughout the partnership.
For her part, the Mayor of Paynesville Madam Gibson said she was glad that the 100RC initiative was getting underway to help the PCC prepare for some of the challenges it faces and benefit from experience sharing opportunities in terms of how other cities dealt with some of the problems they face.
Members of the City Council in attendance praised the ingenuity of the Paynesville City Mayor for always making sure that she gets help for the people of the City.