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6 • April 2018 www.concreteproducts.com GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS POLICY A new Urban Land Institute Center for Sus- tainability and Economic Performance report proposes fundamentals for resilient cities and regions to anticipate, respond to, and recover from immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events, plus long-term stresses such as sea-level rise and declining population. Ten Principles for Building Resilience offers guidelines for city and regional leaders as well as real estate and land use profession- als to design, plan, and build communities and infrastructure in ways that address vul- nerabilities related to threats to prosperity and well-being. It advances the idea that resilience is a foundational characteristic of vibrant and healthy communities, citing examples and insights drawn from ULI's extensive work with local decision-makers and community leaders in disparate locations across the United States. The principles include Understand vulner- abilities; Redefine how and where to build; Build the business case; Accurately price the cost of inaction; Design with natural systems; and, Harness innovation and technology. "These principles and their supporting, specific strategies empower decision-makers to integrate resilience into all aspects of com- munity building," says ULI Global Chairman and University of Pennsylvania Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Marilyn Jordan Taylor. "From adequately pricing the cost of risk and inaction, to investing in green infra- structure that creates multiple benefits, to harnessing the power of innovative technol- ogies to respond to crises and recover, this report provides a playbook for communities on the path to becoming more resilient." A key report theme is the private real estate sector's critical role in transforming the market and leveraging greater investments toward more resilient design, buildings, and infrastructure. "The concept of the business case—the proof of return on the individual and collective investment—is a powerful tool to guide decision-making and assemble the resources to rebuild homes, businesses, and infrastructures of water, transport, and com- munications upon which the well-being of communities relies," Taylor affirms. In addition, the report emphasizes a definition of resilience that goes beyond fortifying hard infrastructure and physical assets. Critical to building resilience are efforts to strengthen local housing markets, the workforce, and social networks as well as taking an equitable approach to resilience investments so that under-resourced neigh- borhoods have a fair shot at bouncing back after adverse events. Urban group drafts principles for building resilient population centers The report is posted at www.americas.uli.org. Besser/AMG Rubber Gasketed Box Culvert Equipment Improve Plant Safety & Efficiency with Besser Form Rollover Brakes NEW! Sloped Pipe Form Precast Forms, Pipe & Shapes Equipment, Batching, Mixing & Curing Solutions, Parts & Service World Headquarters: 989.354.4111 CALL TODAY! 515.432.3553 Boone, Iowa BESSER IS PRECAST & PIPE

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