Admission comes with funding for two years for a chief resilience officer, who will report to and help coordinate the efforts for the mayor.
Michael Berkowitz, 100 Resilient Cities president, said the New York-based organization helps city leaders think beyond day-to-day routines or the latest crisis. It also connects the dots between organizations that are working on projects whose goals are to help a city — think tax improvement districts or neighborhood development councils — but don’t always communicate clearly with each other.
“I come from city government and I can tell you everyday you wake up with an email box full of fire,” Berkowitz said. “Mayor Reed was so convincing that he got what we were talking about.”