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“Roadmap to Resilience” Debuts:
CRC Report Available to Everyone

Dec 15, 2010

As promised when the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC) of Alabama was launched in September, the Commission presents its bound report (6.9mb .pdf) to Gov. Bob Riley and Gov.-elect Robert Bentley today in Montgomery.

The "Roadmap to Resilience" Report:
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The ceremonial presentation of the report, A Roadmap to Resilience, takes place in the historic Old Statehouse Legislative Chamber. More than 80 coastal Alabama leaders are expected to make the trip to the Capitol for the event. And with the legislature in special session, a strong turnout of the state’s political leaders is likely.

What happens next depends largely on those state political and business leaders. Some of the recommendations in the 198-page report will require legislative support. Many more, however, call for new perspectives on how the coastal region organizes itself to be more prepared for future challenges. Such challenges will come not only in the form of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which inspired Gov. Bob Riley to launch the CRC in late September, but also potentially catastrophic events such as hurricanes.

The CRC effort was saluted in a video produced for the occasion by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and featuring EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. Jackson’s agency is leading the post-spill environmental restoration effort from the federal government. She congratulated CRC leaders for pushing forward resilience strategies and lauded their determination to align organizations and agencies, from the federal level down to the local communities, to implement those strategies.

A report on the day’s events in Montgomery will be posted in this space on Dec. 16.

For more background on the CRC, read the column to the immediate right, and check out the FAQ here. The Commission’s progression towards today’s event is chronicled in posts preceding this one.

One Response to ““Roadmap to Resilience” Debuts:
CRC Report Available to Everyone”


  1. As a Board member of the Mobile County based West Bay and Gulf Coast Tourism Development Council I was privileged and heartened by the regional synergies this whole CRC process facilitated for South Alabama and the Gulf Coast.
    Having the opportunities to discuss/strategize regional issues with not just our sister organizations (Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Tourism and Mobile Convention and Tourism Bureau) but other business and fishing organizations was such a breath of fresh air.
    Thank you Gov. Riley, Ricky Mathews and all the CRC staff for organizing and implementing this process. I hope this cooperative effort can continue beyond this emergency.
    Marion Laney
    Board Member, West Bay and Gulf Coast TDC
    COO, ideaWercs, inc



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    A once-in-a generation opportunity is upon us. A transformational moment in Alabama history.

    That’s how Gov. Bob Riley described hopes for the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC) of Alabama, created by his executive order on September 27, 2010.

    The CRC’s mission: To shape, in the wake of BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill, “a roadmap to resilience” for South Alabama.

    “We must do everything we can to restore what’s been lost because of this disaster,” said Gov. Riley. “But we should also use this moment to strengthen the resilience of our state and coastal communities. The commission will recommend ways that improve our ability to respond to future challenges and examine strategies that will mean far less suffering the next time a catastrophe threatens us.”

    The CRC’s work is funded entirely with BP money already contributed to the state. No tax dollars will be used. What’s more, Gov. Riley took pains to insulate the Commission as much as possible from politics as usual. Since he leaves office in January, he’s acutely aware that the recommendations of the Commission will be in another governor’s hands. So he’s reached out to the political camps of both men vying to replace him, inviting them to appoint their own representatives to the Commission to participate in shaping a report that should inspire the new governor no matter who wins in the November elections.

    What’s more, Gov. Riley is asking local elected officials to give the Commission a little room to work. “We’ll bring politicians in,” said the governor. “But this will be a citizen-led – not a politician-led – effort. If we do that, I promise you it will be successful.”

    The CRC is made up of citizen leaders with broad ranges of experience in civic life in Alabama’s coastal region. It’s headed by Mobile Press-Register publisher Ricky Mathews, who brings to this effort the experience of a similar commission in the post-Hurricane Katrina environment of coastal Mississippi. For a complete list of CRC members, go here.

    “What we learned after Katrina on the Mississippi Coast,” said Mathews, “is that a crisis of even enormous proportions provides opportunities to re-imagine a whole region.

    “If we do our work on this commission right,” Mathews said, “we can position South Alabama for not only bouncing back more effectively from future catastrophes like oil spills and hurricanes but also for providing greater security and more opportunity for all of our citizens, even when there are no emergencies. That’s the essence of resiliency.”

    Forging consensus on what the oil spill’s impacts were and how to make the coast safer for citizens and visitors and more secure for long-term investment is tough enough. Implementing the Commission’s recommendations next year and in the years after will be harder – if the Commission is not able to begin building coalitions of support during this process. “If we’re to make the most of this opportunity,” said Mathews, “we have to begin thinking bigger and broader than we ever have.

    “Oil spills and hurricanes don’t just threaten isolated spots on a map,” said Mathews. “Their effects reverberate through an entire state, through a region even. So our chances for coping with future threats depend upon us building a regional vision, an awareness of how we’re connected with one another and how we can work with one another to do more than any of us as individual citizens or individual communities ever imagined.”

    This is a project on a fast track. At some point – no one knows exactly when – there is the potential for billions of dollars to flow to the coastal states from BP and from other energy-related sources. To assure that Alabama is positioned to make the most of this potential investment, “we need a plan,” said Gov. Riley. And it has to come quickly.

    So the Commission is committed to delivering its report by Dec. 15, initially as a downloadable pdf from this website. Printed books will be available soon thereafter.

    The Commission is organizing its work under three broad topics, each connected with the other and each representing a key component of regional adaptability and sustainability:

    A Healthy Environment
    A Healthy Society
    A Healthy Economy

    Commission members are assigned to each of the topics and will break the broader categories into sub-committees as they see fit. We’ll report on the activities of those committees and sub-committees on this website regularly.

    This is a very public process. Participation of regional experts, elected and appointed officials from all the towns and counties affected by the oil spill, regional business folks, and residents will have plenty of opportunities to review CRC work in progress and contribute their ideas and comments. They’ll be able to do that in person at community meetings, by mail or phone, and online via this website.

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