The Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) is expected to benefit from a grant of US$164 million earmarked for 100 cities around the world.
This was disclosed yesterday by PCC Mayor Cyvette M. Gibson, who said that the grant money is being provided by the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) through its 100 Resilient Cities Program.
The 100RCs, pioneered by the RF, now enables PCC to join a network aimed at building urban resilience.
As a member of the 100RCs, Paynesville will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st Century.
Addressing a news conference, Mayor Gibson said entrance into this network will help her city fight the resilience challenges of infrastructure failure, flooding, water management issues, poor health infrastructure and disease outbreak.
“Paynesville’s selection to join the 100 Resilient Cities network is not only a significant honor, it will give Paynesville the tools to support a better Paynesville today, tomorrow and for future generations to come. Our application recognized Paynesville’s commitment to better health infrastructure, proper water management, prevention of rainfall flooding and disease control.” Ms. Gibson said.
“As a new member of 100RCs, we can work with the best in the private, government and non-profit sectors in developing and sharing tools to plan and respond to resilience challenges ahead.”
Even though she admitted that she does not know at the moment how much will be given her city, she, however, disclosed that it would be intended for use between two to five years.
Mayor Gibson disclosed that in months ahead, Paynesville will be eligible to receive grant funding to hire a Chief Resilient Officer, who will be tasked to lead the citywide resilience-building process and engage stakeholders from across different government agencies, public and private sectors and various communities to incorporate diverse perspectives and knowledge.
“Paynesville will also receive technical support to develop a resilience strategy that reflects the city’s distinct needs and the support and services as we work towards implanting that strategy,” she added.
She also stated that Mr. Michael Berkowitz, RF’s president of the 100RCs program, is expected to shortly pay a visit to Liberia.
According to a PCC release, Mr. Berkowitz said: “We selected Paynesville because of its leaders’ commitment to resilience building and the innovative and proactive way they have been thinking about challenges the city faces.”
PCC was chosen from a list of over 325 applicants on the basis of their willingness, ability and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges.
Ten other cities on the continent, including Lagos, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Cape Town and Luxor in Egypt joined Paynesville in making the 100 RCs.
Eight American cities including Washington D.C., Seattle, Atlanta and Honolulu made the list, while three Canadian cities joined Montreal on the list. In the UK, two cities joined three already-on-the-list cities to take the UK’s tally to five.