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Planners have the responsibility to prepare for and mitigate challenges from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Incorporating resilience strategies into designs helps communities deal with acute shocks that require emergency management such as pandemics and natural disasters and chronic stresses including homelessness, lack of economic opportunity, aging infrastructure, or poor transit systems. The convergence of many of these factors can affect a community's potential to prosper, grow, and provide a safe and healthy place for all residents to thrive. Since location is a factor in every aspect of resilience planning, GIS is a mission-critical system in developing these strategies. GIS provides tools that local government staff can use to create and analyze designs, collaborate with stakeholders, and justify policies that create community resilience in both the short and long term.

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Assess conservation & preservation activities

The ArcGIS platform provides an easy and standardized way to inventory, visualize, and assess conservation activities in a community, including prioritizing open spaces, preserving historic neighborhoods, and restoring wetlands.

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Manage acute shocks and chronic stresses

At the core of a community's resilience is its ability to mitigate and recover from both acute shocks and chronic stresses. ArcGIS provides the platform to manage these short- and long-term incidents with multiple departments and stakeholders to ensure the development of a resilient community.

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Support economic sustainability planning

Sustainable economic development and growth are the goals of every resilient community. Use ArcGIS to generate market analysis and understand a neighborhood's needs and workforce to better support business recruitment, retention, and expansion efforts.

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Promote social equity and healthy communities

The roles of today's planning professional continue to expand into policy development. Use the powerful web-based tools in ArcGIS to responsibly place resources and assets throughout a community and promote a more socially equitable and healthy environment for residents.

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Remediate blight and stabilize neighborhoods

Planners must understand where blight is occurring and the neighborhoods at risk to create more resilient communities. Use GIS to identify and analyze the demographics and socioeconomic characteristics of neighborhoods to justify blight remediation plans.

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Establish key metrics for transparency

Getting buy-in from administrators, stakeholders, and residents is a must when establishing plans to make communities more resilient. Use ArcGIS to get the open data platform you need to transparently and effectively inform and promote resilience initiatives for neighborhoods.

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Explore the concepts of resilience planning, the role GIS plays, and the reality of today's planning professionals.

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