CoVA A&R Working Groups define problems, highlight opportunities, discover innovations and promote urban and rural expertise to develop the adaptation and resilience sector.

How CoVA A&R Works

CoVA A&R builds on existing adaptation and resilience efforts across Hampton Roads, the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and Eastern Shore, connecting urban and rural communities, municipal governments, nonprofits, planning districts, economic development groups, industry associations and industry sectors.

Working Groups

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Local Best Practices

Provides resources identifying local best practices for adoption in urban and rural settings for individual, commercial, and community properties. Team leads are Mujde Erten-Unal of Old Dominion University and Mason Andrews of Hampton University.

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Infrastructure Investment Opportunities

Catalogs available funding opportunities, including Federal investment through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Highlights infrastructure projects identified in previous studies (JLUS, RAFT, etc.) and shares funding sources to local communities for development of implementation strategies. Team Lead, Carol Considine of Old Dominion University.

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Resources and Capabilities

Assessment of industry resources and capabilities within Coastal Virginia, and development and maintenance of a web portal highlighting innovative solutions and success stories the adaptation and resilience sector to showcase and promote regional expertise. The web portal highlights adaptation and resilience projects, education resources and activities, current proposal and funding opportunities, and provides a member directory to enable the public to access regional experts in the adaptation and resilience sector.

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Talent Gaps

This working group identifies priority resources, capacities, and expertise needed for coastal Virginia to successfully grow an adaptation and resilience economy, and develops strategies to support growth of those talent sectors.

Working Group Topics Planned for 2022-2023 Calendar Year

  • Natural and Nature-based Solutions Summer 2023
  • Workforce Summer 2023
  • Beneficial Use of Dredge Materials Fall 2023
  • Economic Development Opportunities in the Resilience Sector Winter 2023