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HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition

Helping communities secure millions to build back stronger and smarter

  • $44M

    Awarded to Tennessee

  • $60M

    For Shelby County

  • $120M

    Awarded to Virginia

  • United States

    United States

Finding innovative ways to be more resilient while considering environmental, social, and economic influences

Disaster-struck communities are coming back stronger thanks to a grant offered through the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC).

This two-phase competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), awarded eligible communities nearly $1 billion in HUD disaster recovery funds. Applicants participated in “Resilience Academies” (workshops) to find innovative ways to be more resilient while considering environmental, social, and economic influences.

We helped eight communities in the NDRC identify solutions to natural hazards including hurricanes, tornadoes, mud slides, and flooding. We also supported seven of the academies as subject-matter experts and facilitators. Our local and national experts offered visioning, education, planning, benefit-cost analysis, and resiliency consultation services to Shelby County, Tennessee; the State of Kansas; the Commonwealth of Kentucky; the State of Tennessee; the State of West Virginia; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Of this group, three secured over $225,496,537 to help make their communities stronger, more resilient, and better prepared for the future.

Meet Our Team

John Bucher, Senior Planner

Building resiliency means restoring natural systems and improving social equity by advancing education, public health, and personal wealth.

Caroline Cunningham, Senior Hazard Mitigation Planner

Think critically and creatively, but never be afraid to challenge the status quo.
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Chuck Lounsberry, Principal

Through design visualization, we’re helping people tell stories of their project from their perspective to their community.

John Malueg, Manager of Resiliency Programs

We know disasters will happen—designing to help communities rebound quickly is not only a great challenge but also an imperative.
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Susan Marlow, Principal

I love to help clients solve problems in their community. I achieve this by helping clients think spatially and find the overlap in urban growth, connected/autonomous vehicles, and resilience.

Jarred White, Water Resources Engineer

Our work often places us physically in the communities we’re supporting. Putting faces to data points really brings it all together.

John Bucher

Senior Planner

Caroline Cunningham

Senior Hazard Mitigation Planner

Chuck Lounsberry


John Malueg

Manager of Resiliency Programs

Susan Marlow


Jarred White

Water Resources Engineer

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