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Fed Spotlights Innovations in MTC-Backed Design Challenge

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Allison Brooks speaking at a Resilient by Design press conference. Photo by Cosimo Bullo.

The Bay Area Regional Collaborative — which includes MTC, the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission — today earned recognition by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco with publication of a new paper authored by BARC Executive Director Allison Brooks in the bank's Community Development Innovation Review.

Entitled Drawing a New Roadmap: The Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge, the paper synthesizes lessons that emerged from the collaborative 2017-18 effort to develop strategies for adapting to the impacts of sea-level rise along the San Francisco Bay shoreline, including the need to use multi-benefit projects to leverage diverse financing sources and to build on community knowledge in the first steps of the design process.

The MTC-backed Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge produced nine innovative design concepts, and confronted questions of community development such as how to best engage at-risk populations in critical decisions, and how municipalities should incorporate resilience into capital planning.

The October 2019 issue of the San Francisco Fed's Community Development Innovation Review focuses on strategies for dealing with climate-change risks in lower- and moderate-income communities, and addresses the financial challenges of global warming.

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