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Regions Innovating for Strong Economies & Environment (RISE) is developed by a partnership between NCORR and the NC Rural Center, RISE aims to support resilience primarily in the storm-impacted regions of Eastern North Carolina by:

  • Providing coaching and technical assistance to regional partners to support community vulnerability assessments, identify priority actions to reduce risk and enhance resilience in their region, and develop paths to implementation.
  • Developing the North Carolina Resilient Communities Guide, as a statewide resource that provide tools, guidance and opportunities for building community resiliency.
  • Hosting regional leadership training workshops that emphasize resilience as a tool for community economic development.

RISE is building a foundation for a more resilient future in North Carolina. At the end of the program, 200 emergent leaders in Eastern North Carolina will have the tools to incorporate resilience in community and economic development. Communities statewide will be able to use the North Carolina Resilient Communities Guide to enhance their resilience, and storm-impacted regions will be prepared to implement priority resilience activities. These activities will support existing efforts such as regional hazard mitigation planning and strategizing for comprehensive economic development. Over time, and as capacity increases with staff and funding, the NC Resilient Communities Program expects to provide opportunities across North Carolina.

Each RISE Program component will serve different geographies. Homegrown Leaders serves the counties illustrated in the map below. The North Carolina Resilient Communities Guide will serve the entire state. The Regional Resilience Portfolio Program will serve regions that overlap with counties in the eastern half of North Carolina affected by 2018 hurricanes Florence and Michael.