Colorado Resiliency Working Group
In the wake of the historic and devastating September 2013 flooding, the State of Colorado recognized the need and opportunity for communities to improve their resiliency -- the ability to respond to and bounce back more quickly from natural disasters and stressors such as changing social and economic conditions. The State also identified the opportunity to incorporate resiliency throughout State agencies and their operations.
To achieve these goals, the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office formed the Colorado Resiliency Working Group (CRWG), which includes wide representation from several state, local and federal agencies. The CRWG has assisted in a variety of flood recovery efforts since 2013, while also having served as the steering committee for the creation of the Colorado Resiliency Framework.
With the adoption of the Framework in 2015, the Governor formalized the CRWG as the steering committee and coordinating body of the State’s ongoing resiliency efforts (under the purview of the CRRO), by setting forth goals and strategies for incorporating resiliency into the day-to-day activities across Colorado.
In May 2016, building upon the foundation of the Framework and using its goals and strategies, the CRRO and CRWG jointly published the Colorado Resiliency Framework 2016 Annual Plan, which illustrates and navigates the State’s long-term commitment to resiliency, reflects its call to action and outlines the initiatives that the CRWG would undertake in 2016.
Throughout the year, the group worked toward achieving some of the State’s resiliency goals through implementing resiliency-focused projects, as well as reporting on the metrics to measure success. Project outcomes were cataloged in the 2016 Annual Plan Review report, and were used to inform focus, direction and implementation of the 2017 Annual Plan.
The Annual Plans are intended to be living documents and will be updated periodically to reflect ongoing progress and achievements.
The CRWG is an inclusive body designed to holistically navigate Colorado's resilience efforts. Its members include representatives from the following agencies and partners:
- Colorado Department of Human Services
- Colorado Department of Local Affairs
- Colorado Department of Natural Resources
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- Colorado Department of Public Safety
- Colorado Department of Transportation
- Colorado Energy Office
- Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
- Colorado Office of Information Technology
- Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Economic Development Administration
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Federal Highway Administration
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- University of Colorado Denver