Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy Consortium

The launching of a Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy initiative targets entrepreneurial and business accelerator activities in an emerging economy, meeting an expanding global market for rural, suburban and urban solutions to increased flooding, erosion, coastal hazards, and sea level rise. The project lays the foundation of a resilience innovation ecosystem that produces new, long-term, high-paying jobs and businesses in support of many coastal sectors ranging from housing and waterfront buildings to infrastructure and blue-green environmental assets:

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The Consortium will engage the broader business communities of Region 5 & Region 6 in the resilience economy to advance collaboration across regions and sectors to enable growth and diversification of the coastal resilience and adaptation sector, and prepare businesses for a future with water. Virginia’s Resilience sector is fragmented, creating barriers to entry and hindering growth. Coalescence of businesses in this sector will catalyze growth in new and existing firms.

The Consortium will build on existing efforts including the Hampton Roads Adaptation Forum, Fight the Flood program, and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry sector interest to engage in resilience. It will engage the chambers, regional economic development groups, industry associations, the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) & other innovation centers to encourage broadening participation across all industry sectors (e.g. maritime, real estate, logistics, manufacturing, aquaculture, and forestry). The Consortium provides an opportunity to educate businesses about the coastal flooding risks related to sea level rise and the associated economic impacts, provides business continuity training opportunities and enables adoption of resilient strategies and practices. It provides an opportunity for Regions 5 & 6 industries to build urban and rural capacity through knowledge and talent transfer, and create identification of best practices, and development of implementation pathways for priority resilient infrastructure projects in both regions.

Working Groups

Benefits of Joining a Working Group

  • Education opportunities including business continuity training, economic impacts of hurricanes and recurrent flooding, and local best practices related to adaptation and resilience.
  • Understanding adaptation and resilience project needs and exploring opportunities to drive progress through funding strategy development (PPP opportunities).
  • Developing Coastal VA resources and capabilities for the adaptation and resilience sector, to include defining the problem, describing the sector, highlighting opportunities, innovation, and success stories, and promoting urban and rural expertise in the sector.

Local Best Practices

Identification of local best practices for adoption in urban and rural settings for individual, commercial, and community properties.

Team Leads:
  • Mujde Erten-Unal (Old Dominion University)
  • Mason Andrews (Hampton University)

Infrastructure Investment Opportunities

Cataloging of infrastructure projects identified in previous studies (JLUS, RAFT, etc.) and development of implementation strategies to include Public-Private Partnerships and other funding models driving progress through strategy development with the private sector.

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Resources and Capabilities

Assessment of resources and capabilities within Regions 5 and 6 building upon work of VASG Planning Grant that:  defines the problem (scale & impact);  describes the Water Technology sector and pathways for entrance; highlights innovative solutions and success stories in Regions 5 and 6; showcases local business development opportunities; promotes local expertise and opportunities to export regional expertise; provides web portal to access education activities, provide outreach and engagement for working group outcomes and to highlight regional expertise.

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Talent Gaps

Based on results from working group outputs in Year 1, identify talent gaps, and education and training needs to create jobs and support coastal resilience and adaptation sector growth. (Year 2)

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Join a Working Group Today!

Your support is needed to build coastal resilience. Sign up to join one (or more) working group(s) today!

Contact Info:

Carol Considine, Director of Applied Projects (CCRFR), Institute for Coastal Adaptation & Resilience

This project was funded in part by GO VIRGINIA, a state-funded initiative administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) that strengthens and diversifies Virginia's economy and fosters the creation of higher wage jobs in strategic industries.