Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem, PA
Resilient Bethlehem

The City of Bethlehem partners with Lehigh University to apply for the 100 Resilient Cities program and start a collaboration that will enhance the performance of the city against natural disasters and shifting macroeconomic trends.

[November 2015]

The 100 Resilient Cities program pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation aims at selecting 100 cities throughout the world committed to improving their resilience against multiple shocks and stresses. 67 cities have already been identified during the first two years of the program. This year, the last 33 cities will be chosen.

On November 24, the City of Bethlehem has submitted its application to the program, partnering with Lehigh University, the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, and Impact HUB. If successful, Bethlehem will nominate a Chief Resilience Officer and enter the network of 100 Resilient Cities to share knowledge, experiment together, and implement solutions that have been successful elsewhere.

With the direct involvement of Drs. Bocchini and Sause from the ATLSS Center, as well as the support of the Office of Economic Engagement and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Lehigh has promoted this effort as a unique opportunity for the City, but also for its own interdepartmental research program on resilience.

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