Two years of hurricanes: Dauphin Island's resilience and future sustainability
MetadataShow full item record
"Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf of Mexico Coast in 2004 and severely impacted a number of areas including Dauphin Island (DI), a barrier island off the coast of Alabama (USA). Significant physical, economic, social, and environmental destruction resulted. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, impacting Texas to Florida. Again, DI experienced large loss of beachfront, homes, businesses, and general community disruption. Following successive disasters, DI leaders decided to reinvent their community in a sustainable way. A strategic planning effort was mounted that was initiated, driven, and completed by the community of more than 1,500 stakeholders. Five E's Unlimited of Seattle, WA provided leadership, technical expertise, and facilitation to DI in its actions to become more sustainable and resilient than it had been in the past. Major emphasis of this strategic examination was placed upon shifting their tax base from one dominated by expensive rental home income taxes to a more diverse small business community. In addition, the community conducted an intensive examination into its internal assets (environmental, cultural, historic, etc.) in order to reverse their significant rural economic leakage patterns. During this 12 month strategic planning effort, the Community Capitals Framework or Cornelia Flora was used to understand how communities function with regards to sustainable community economic development and guide consensus-building and decision-making toward an improved, more sustainable community with a resilient future. This presentation will show (1) how the community capitals (model) framework was used to identify the different kinds of assets that DI possessed and (2) illustrate through the "spiraling capital assets" model how the community was able to trace its points of decline and plot its strategic improvement milestones to reach a more sustainable and resilient future." (conference abstract)
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Emery, M.; Flora, Cornelia B. (The Community Development Society, 2006)This paper uses the HomeTown Competitiveness project in Nebraska to demonstrate the role of social capital in community change. The authors use the Community Capitals Framework (CCF) to examine the existing assets and ...
Báez, S.; García, Magali; Guerrero, F.; Larrea, A. (Quito, Ecuador: Abya-Yala, 1999)Several NGOs and social organizations are collaboratively working in the Cotacachi canton to aid the process of participatory planning for sustainable local development. The research presented here analyzes the role of the ...
Flora, Cornelia B. (2014)This presentation considers economic security, social inclusion, and a healthy ecosystem to stem from seven forms of capital. These forms of capital are crucial for adapting to climate change. This PowerPoint discusses the ...