December 18, 2015

How the Paris Climate Agreement Impacts Poverty

On Saturday December 13, 2015, 196 nations reached an historic agreement to work together to curb global warming. I had the privilege of attending the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris, as part of the U.S. Government delegation, representing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and returned energized by […]

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December 1, 2015

A Coordinated Approach to Recovery and Resiliency

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Our guest bloggers today are Holly Leicht, HUD Region II Administrator; Jerome Hatfield, FEMA Region II Administrator; and Colonel David Caldwell, District Commander for the US Army Corps of Engineers. In the wake of any disaster, anniversaries serve as moments to take stock of how far we’ve come, and how much we have left to accomplish. On […]

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September 10, 2014

Rebuild by Design: A Model For Disaster Resilience

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Shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, President Obama appointed former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to lead the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. When President Obama announced the Task Force, he said its goal was to “improve the region’s resilience, health, and prosperity by building for the future.” One of the key components of ensuring […]

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October 29, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

One year ago today, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast, wreaking havoc and destroying businesses and homes in its path.  After the storm passed, it was clear the road to recovery was going to be a challenge.  I’m tremendously proud of the herculean efforts of all those on the front lines of recovery but I […]

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