When I hear city governments talking about hiring “resilience directors” – like Minneapolis and Saint Paul – the job usually involves…
…well, let’s let the City of Minneapolis explain it:
…expanding access to affordable housing, and the impact that would have on our other goals, including building an inclusive economy and strengthening police-community relations,
In other words, it’s a non-profit executive being paid for directly by the taxpayer.
Of course, when I originally heard the term “resiliency officer”, I thought they meant something like this – actually working to make their cities more, y’know, resilient:
In the wake of Harvey, Houston has become a prominent test case for resilient rebuilding. Last month, the Houston City Council approved regulations requiring new buildings in the 100- and 500-year floodplains be built 2 feet above ground level or above the projected water level of a 500-year flood. The city previously mandated a 1-foot height for homeowners in the 100-year floodplain, and a report earlier this year found that 84 percent of Harvey-damaged homes in the area’s floodplains could have been spared with the higher height standard.
Leave it to the DFL to pervert the term “Resilience” beyond all recognition.