Atlanta’s Resilience Challenge

This revitalized southern city looks to address growing challenges from inadequate transportation infrastructure and the connected risk of infrastructure.


Our Mission

Atlanta is a cosmopolitan city that celebrates a diverse cultural tradition, high levels of education, and the 3rd largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the US. However, the city’s success has also led to an overtaxed transportation system, which causes traffic congestion and increases Vehicle-Miles-Traveled (VMT), introducing new challenges such as poor air quality and social cohesion. A lack of affordable transportation options also exacerbates growing inequality, impeding the city’s neediest from access to food centers and economic opportunities.

Atlanta’s dependence on highways also makes infrastructure a primary concern; a disaster affecting a major highway or bridge could prevent emergency responders from reaching areas affected by electrical outages or assisting citizens trapped in areas of flooding. Atlanta is working to mitigate the potential impact of resilience shocks such as infrastructure failure through the creation of an Emergency Preparedness and Management group consisting of 30 multidisciplinary stakeholders.

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Cities are where resilience is put into action. Thanks to Mayor Reed’s leadership, Atlanta is broadening our efforts beyond sustainability to tackle the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
— Stephanie Stuckey, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Atlanta