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New York State Named as Finalist for National Disaster Resilience Competition

On Monday, June 22, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) named New York State a finalist for its National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC)− a $1 billion contest aimed to help disaster-affected regions become stronger and more resilient. Selecting 40 state and local governments to advance to the next round of competition, HUD now invites the submission of specific project proposals that emphasize key recovery and resiliency goals. New York State’s participation is being driven by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR). 
 
“From the earliest days of the State’s recovery, we have been committed to meeting immediate rebuilding needs while remaining focused on the long-term resiliency of our region,” said Interim Executive Director of GOSR, Lisa Bova-Hiatt. “The NDRC offers another avenue for achieving these important efforts, and we are thrilled to participate as we work toward a better and stronger New York.”
 
Announced by President Barack Obama in June 2014, the NDRC promotes risk assessment and planning and seeks to fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future extreme weather events. Funding for the competition comes from HUD’s Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program. 
 
As part of Phase II of the undertaking, finalists will be eligible for awards ranging from $1 million to $500 million, with $181 million set aside for projects in New York and New Jersey. Finalists have until October 27 to submit their latest round of applications− thereby tying project proposals back to the disaster from which they are recovering.
 
HUD expects that the final awards will not only mitigate the impacts of future storms, but will also generate improved and more thoughtful resiliency investments across all American communities. Winners of the NDRC are expected to be announced in early 2016.