As a subconsultant to CSA International, Inc., CGA was one of three exclusive contractors chosen to participate in Phase II of the State of Florida’s Post Disaster Redevelopment pilot initiative. Specifically, CGA was selected to assist Polk County in developing a countywide post disaster plan that focused on a holistic approach to redevelopment rather than simply on the built environment. The project included other issues that contribute to community sustainability and quality of life such as government solvency, economic redevelopment, provision of health and human services, environmental restoration, rebuilding the community with increased disaster resiliency, and others issues that contribute to a holistic approach to quality of life.
The project involved a series of interactive, facilitated working sessions which allowed focused discussion on six workgroup areas: building and housing; government operations, land use, environment, health and human services, and economic redevelopment. CGA assisted the county in establishing an Executive Committee and guided them through the processes of identifying and prioritizing goals and actions needed to implement the plan. Efforts culminated in an Action Matrix to achieve the identified goals.
This plan was one of several from the State’s initiative that was studied and reviewed by the University of Oregon and highlighted as models and best practices in implementing the FEMA’s Community Rating System, which is a system that assists communities in obtaining reduced flood insurance premiums due to the implementation of flood mitigation practices and participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.