Office of Resilience

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Chief Resilience officer, Bill Hawthorne

 Chief Resilience officer | Bill Hawthorne 

The Mayor’s Office of Resilience works to make Atlanta better prepared to physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. For the City of Atlanta, working to be more resilient entails preparing Atlanta residents, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems to survive, adapt, and thrive no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, the city becomes more able to respond to adverse events, and is overall better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations. 

Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Office of Resilience is supported by the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Through this partnership, resources are provided to maximize the city’s assets, like strengthening Atlanta’s arts and culture sectors to promote economic development, connecting Metro Atlantans to new careers and skill development opportunities, as well as revamping city policies and systems to encourage civic participation from all residents. The Office works with all City departments and leadership to encourage policy development and reform.


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