Resilient America: Building Strategies for a Sustainable Future & Growth

Resilience is a key concept in today’s uncertain world of economic upheaval, climate disruption, and tech revolutions that all invite staggering disruptions to people and businesses. “Resilient America” is a complex and multi-stakeholder initiative to make the United States more resilient to, and quickly recover from, disruptions of all sorts. This blog touches on some of those complexities and facets ranging from economic resilience, to the energy revolution, to supply chain security and cyber resilience.

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Economic Resilience and Competitiveness

Economic resilience also plays a key role in the Milken Institute-Harris Poll, “Building a Resilient America: A New Consensus for Action.” When it comes to economic issues, business leaders recognize the importance of public policies that enable short-term flexibility in the face of economic fluctuations as well as technology- and innovation-driven disruptions to specific industries or sectors. While 81% of surveyed business leaders are very or somewhat confident about the overall U.S. economy, however, only 40% of the public says

Key strategies for enhancing economic resilience include:

  • Local Innovation: Facilitating local innovation to restore institutional and political trust.
  • Fixing Supply Chains: Mapping vulnerable supply chains and fixing weaknesses so that continuation can be assured during a disruption.
  • Business-Government Collaboration: Encouraging business leaders to collaborate with government leaders in order to address social problems

Resilient Energy Economies

The energy economies of regions that rely on fossil fuel extraction and use may be among the hardest hit by the transition to net-zero emissions. The Resilient Energy Economies (REE) Initiative (founded 2024) has formed to help communities affected by this transition to develop strategies that enhance economic resilience. The REE Initiative supports applied research to develop and test strategies, and to bridge the gap between researchers, policymakers, and community leaders.

  • Assist Economic Adaptation: Help fossil-fuel dependent regions adapt to new economic realities though applied research and practical strategies.
  • Assemble and Mobilize: Create practitioners’ communities and experts that share knowledge into, and best practices for, economic adaptable.

Supply Chain Resilience

The COVID-19 crisis revealed the weakness of world supply systems in several strategic industries like semiconductors. Consequently, governments react all over the world to reshape critical supply chains. The U.S. CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 offers nearly $280 billion to encourage home semiconductor research and production.

  • Fabricate at home: Offer incentives for businesses to enhance U.S. supply chain limit with subsidies, tax credits, and ensured loans.
  • Vulnerability guide: Prioritize frailties in supply systems with data-driven, applied research

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure

Ransomware and other malicious cyber activities threaten the physical and digital economy. Multilateral initiatives like the International Counter Ransomware Initiative and the Quad Cybersecurity Partnership are looking to strengthen global cooperation and pool resources to fight cybercrimes

  • Public-Private Partnership: This initiatives encourage governments and tech giants to work together to mitigate cyber threats.
  • International Coalitions: International coalitions are formed to tackle specific categories of cybercrimes like ransomware and botnet attacks

Community and Climate Resilience

The Resilient America Roundtable building Resilience to Disasters, the Extreme Events, and the Climate Change – One of the Resilient America Roundtable, which is supported by the National Academies, tackles the “resilience” phenomenon in connection to natural hazards, extreme events, and climate change. The participants of the roundtable are the handful of experts from a wide array of disciplines which gather the roundtable to discuss the strategies and share their wisdom in terms of resilience building.

  1. Disaster Preparedness: A holistic approach to disaster preparation and implementation of actions across a variety of fields.
  2. Sustainable Practices: Promotion of sustainable practices that will not only mitigate climate change but also aid the environment in other aspects as well.

What to do to build resilient communities in America

To build a resilient America we need to take a whole systems approach to policy that addresses economic stability, energy transition, supply chain and cyber security and build community resilience to disasters and climate change. Through local innovation, supply chain strength, cross sector collaboration and support for fossil fuel dependent communities the United States of America can overcome the 21st century policy challenges and have futures for all.