A Resilient Colorado
News from the CRRO
Resiliency is the ability of communities to rebound and positively adapt to or thrive amidst changing conditions or challenges — including disasters and changes in climate — and maintain quality of life, healthy growth, economic vitality, durable systems and conservation of resources for present and future generations.

- Colorado Resiliency Framework
Welcome to the first issue of the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office’s (CRRO) Resiliency Newsletter! This quarterly email will be a resource for our partners and communities to stay informed about state and local resiliency efforts, as well as the latest resiliency trends and resources from around the country. To find out more about the CRRO, our mission, please visit Click on the resiliency tab to explore how we can support your community’s resiliency priorities. Additionally, we would like to ask for your feedback. Please complete this survey to help us make this as useful as possible!
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In this edition:

Colorado Resiliency in Action
Colorado Resiliency Working Group Annual Plans
The State of Colorado is committed to building a resilient future through collaboration, coordination, and innovation. As part of this commitment, the Colorado Resiliency Framework, the State’s resiliency roadmap, calls for an annual implementation plan and report to provide Coloradans with information about priorities progress towards the implementation of the priorities and strategies identified in the Framework. The 2016 Colorado Resiliency Working Group Annual Plan, the State’s first annual plan, outlined how the Colorado Resiliency Working Group (CRWG) would implement strategies to meet the State’s resiliency goals. Throughout the year, each of the CRWG’s six sector teams carried out resiliency-focused projects focused on building resiliency into our everyday business.

With the completion of our first Annual Plan, we are excited to announce that the CRRO will release a report in April outlining what the CRWG accomplished and what is next with our 2016 projects.

In addition, we will release the 2017 CRWG Annual Plan this Spring. The successes and lessons learned from 2016 projects informed the development of our 2017 state projects. The team will take a cross-sector approach in 2017 in an effort to further institutionalize resilience across departments and disciplines.

Stay tuned for announcements on the forthcoming release of the 2016 Annual Plan Review and 2017 Annual Plan!

2013 Flood Recovery Story Map
Last November, CRRO launched the 2013 Colorado Flood Recovery Story Map. This interactive tool uses data, analysis, pictures, and stories to showcase the advances made in recovery efforts since the historic flooding we experienced in September 2013, along with the amazing efforts of all Coloradans to support the long-term recovery process.

Colorado Conferences & Events
April 19-21, 2017
Colorado Wildland Fire Conference
Pueblo, Colorado

April 19-21, 2017
Strengthening Economies in the West
Denver, CO

June 20-23, 2017
Colorado Municipal League Annual Conference
Breckenridge, Colorado

June 28-30, 2017
National Association of Development Organizations National Regional Transportation Conference
Denver, Colorado

September 19-22, 2017
Colorado Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference
Breckenridge, CO

October 4-6, 2017
2017 APA Colorado State Conference
Telluride, CO

Other Events
April 29 - May 5, 2017
Association of State Floodplain Managers Conference
Kansas City, Missouri

May 6-9, 2017
American Planning Association National Planning Conference
New York City, New York

May 9-11, 2017
National Adaptation Forum
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Wait, what is the Colorado Resiliency Resource Center?
Launched in November 2016, The COResiliency Resource Center is the online, interactive hub for resiliency knowledge and resources in Colorado. Through a variety of training modules and webinars, case studies, templates and model plans, grant information, etc., the Resource Center provides critical tools for communities and their stakeholders to integrate resiliency into everyday activities.

Those interested in learning more about what resiliency is and why it is important will find the Understand section to be a great place to start. There you will find information about what resiliency is, how it aligns with your community and everyday business and why resiliency is critical given Colorado’s past disasters, future population growth, and changing conditions. The Plan section guides users to move beyond resiliency concepts into planning for resiliency. It includes guidance and tools for developing a local resiliency framework, and provides an overview of opportunities to incorporate resiliency into everyday community practices, including hazard mitigation plans, land-use practices, comprehensive plans, and capital improvement plans.

The Act section is currently under development. When completed, it will provide best practices from around the state and the country for implementing resiliency projects, and help communities navigate and better understand the variety of potential state, federal, and non-government funding opportunities.

Okay, so what is next?
Glad you asked! We’ve got a couple of new features in development for the Resource Center that can help you and your community to be stronger and more resilient!

Profiles of Resiliency in Action
There are so many great resiliency stories of success from here in Colorado, and we want to share them! These profiles will highlight best practices and lessons learned from around the state that are advancing the level of resiliency in Colorado.

Our first two profiles, featuring the Boulder County Collaborative’s Resiliency Performance Standards and the  Colorado Hazard Mapping Program will be released in April 2017. Check back on the Resource Center’s Case Study page for future updates!

Do you have an idea of something that should be highlighted as a case study on the Resource Center? If so, fill out this quick form here and we will contact you for further follow-up!

CRRO will be hosting a regular series of webinars to provide information on new resiliency resources, innovative projects, and tools that can help drive resiliency in communities throughout Colorado. CRRO will host the first in this series of webinars May. We will discuss what resiliency is and why it matters to Colorado to be able to adapt and thrive amidst ever-changing conditions.  

If you have any questions, comments, or a great story to share about resiliency in your community, please email the CRRO Resiliency Program Coordinator Rob Pressly at Stay tuned at for more information and resources!

New Colorado Website Re-Visualizes Ways to Interact with GIS Data - Government Technology
The state of Colorado is expanding its range of available GIS data with the March 6 debut of its new GIS website and data explorer. This new GIS website should make it easier for users to find GIS data, while also providing technical support for state, county, and municipal agencies. This article discusses the State’s extensive open data efforts and features the 2013 Colorado Flood Recovery Storymap as an example.


Study explores economic resiliency - The Business Times
The Colorado Resiliency Working Group’s economic sector led the development of a study exploring factors for economic resilience in rural Colorado communities as a part of the State’s 2016 Annual Plan. This study found that communities with diverse economies and strong leaders that invest in education and health care and offer a high quality of life are more resilient, according to the results of a study of 13 rural communities in Colorado.

Colorado has been chosen for Resiliency assessment - Our Community Now
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Critical Infrastructure team works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to support planning and critical infrastructure protection efforts. In February, Colorado was selected as one of 12 Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP) sites for FY 2017 to assess critical infrastructure related to data centers and internet service providers throughout the Denver metro region. To find out more about critical infrastructure protection opportunities and the RRAP program, contact Jorey Maes at

Resiliency in the News

Collaboration on Drought Resilience is Delivering Results for America's Communities and Economy - USDA
Under the framework of the National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), federal agencies have been brought together to collaborate and cooperate to be more efficient in delivering results to conserve and protect a safe and reliable water supply. With their End of the Year Report, the NDRP is highlighting progress and positive impacts in counties across the nation including the Lower Colorado River Basin, while also identifying priorities for 2017 and the future.

MIT researchers develop ROI tool for resiliency investments - Construction Dive
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub are developing a return on investment tool for spending related to making new and existing structures more resilient. In a bid to calculate how much should be invested up front to alleviate future damage, CSHub has developed the Break-Even Hazard Mitigation Percentage, a metric they say can help building designers and owners make more risk-informed decisions. For one case study, the CSHub team created a model based on the FEMA Benefit Cost Analysis tool to gauge the BEMP for damage wrought by hurricane winds across the Gulf and East coasts, regions that can be exposed to millions in property damage from strong storms and hurricanes.

Investing in disaster resilience now 'mission critical' for business - Eco-Business
As impacts from climate change increase in frequency and intensity, it is becoming more essential for the private sector to build up and incorporate resilience into their everyday activities. In creating these processes to make businesses more resilient, there are “ripple effects” that indicate how benefits of preparing a business can create a profitable outcome for the private sector pre and post disaster.

Community Inclusion in Colorado: Resources and Maps
The Community Inclusion in Colorado maps (CICOmaps) were created by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and University of Colorado Assistive Technology Partners to enhance current emergency preparedness and response planning and resources by making location-based community information easy-to-access. The Colorado Resiliency Working Group’s Health and Social Sector worked in 2016 to expand this resource. The maps include community demographics and functional characteristics at the census-track (sub-county) level. They include the locations, service areas, and phone numbers of community providers and health care facilities.

Colorado Hazard Mapping & Risk MAP Portal
The Colorado Hazard Mapping Program aims to provide a mitigation and land use framework in areas likely to be affected by future flooding, erosion, and debris flow. This program was authorized by the General Assembly through Senate Bill 15-245. The Program as authorized focuses on new floodplain mapping for areas affected by the 2013 flood, modernization process for Colorado counties that currently have no digital maps, development of an erosion zone identification process with corresponding pilot projects, and limited development of debris flow zone identifications. The work also includes data collection, specifically in regards to topography, including LIDAR.

The Watersheds and Natural Resources sector of the Colorado Resiliency Working Group has carried out the implementation of this effort.

Colorado Planning for Hazards Guide
Planning for Hazards: Land Use Solutions for Colorado enables counties and municipalities to prepare for and mitigate multiple hazards by integrating resilience and hazard mitigation principles into plans, codes, and standards related to land use and the built environment. This guide provides detailed, Colorado-specific information about how to assess a community’s risk level to hazards and how to implement numerous land use planning tools and strategies for reducing a community’s risk. The guide is set to include new information on how local resiliency plans can be a useful tool for communities to identify shocks and stresses they are vulnerable to and develop an action plan to holistically address these threats.

Colorado Resiliency Working Group’s Community Sector team contributed to development of this guide.

100 Resilient Cities
100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.

As we become aware of resiliency grants, we will share information in this newsletter. If know of opportunities that may be of interest to local governments or non-profits, please let us know at

Resilient Communities Program
In 2017, Wells Fargo and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation launched the Resilient Communities Program, designed to prepare for future environmental challenges by enhancing community capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems by investing in green infrastructure and other measures. The program will focus on water quality and quantity declines, forest health concerns, and sea level rise. The program will emphasize community inclusion and assistance to traditionally underserved populations in vulnerable areas.

The CRRO team! Tanya Mann, Executive Assistant; Rob Pressly, Resiliency Program Coordinator; Molly Urbina, Executive Director; Iain Hyde Deputy Director; Katie Delmonico, Administrative Assistant.

Learn more about the team at
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