We value resiliency through big ideas implemented on a local scale.
Forward thinking communities across the country are focused in becoming more resilient—on being better prepared to withstand and quickly recover from adverse events.
Critical to being a resilient community is crafting a resilient economy. This means, first, leveraging natural advantages and investing the proceeds to further strengthen those advantages while also building out new ones. This diversification bolsters the human and financial capital pipelines into the region, bringing both new ideas and the funds to bring those ideas to life. A virtuous cycle. Second, it means cultivating a citizenry that is willing and eager to take risks, that adopts a do-it-ourselves attitude. For when communities rally around locally-owned businesses, whether they be grocers or retailers, manufacturers or healthcare providers, the wealth they attract becomes the wealth that they keep. And keeping wealth within the community, rather than sending it away, is a hallmark of a resilient economy.
But not all adverse events are economic—many are environmental. And that is why resilient communities must also be aware of the threats posed to the environment in which they live and put in place plans to address those threats. By caring for environmental assets, preserving greenspace, and giving thought to the structure of the built environment, these communities balance short-term and long-term interests in an effort to be good stewards of the advantages granted them. In turn, they position themselves for success that is both impactful and sustainable.
In short, by focusing on becoming more resilient both economically and environmentally, Lafayette will be better prepared for a rapidly changing world, one in which the challenges of tomorrow are unlikely to be similar to those of yesterday and in which new thinking must be brought to bear on the best path forward.