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Foundation adds $64 million to ‘resilient cities’ work

July 21, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockefeller Foundation is adding $64 million more to an already $100 million initiative that recognizes cities for their ideas on physical, social and economic resilience.

Foundation President Judith Rodin made the announcement Tuesday while launching the third and final round of the New York-based charity’s “100 Resilient Cities” contest.

Sixty-seven cities have been named over the last two years. They range from Accra, Ghana, to Wellington, New Zealand.

The foundation finances a “chief resilience officer” position for each city to address challenges that could range from flooding threats to strains on health systems. The cities also get technical help planning and implementing their strategies.

The idea is that the 100 eventual winners will become models for other cities.

Overall, the foundation has dedicated $500 million to various resilience efforts.

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