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“Titled the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative (HMDRRI), this effort is led by Dr. Gavin Smith, who is CRC Director and Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. Funding of more than $900,000 for the HMDRRI is provided through three entities: The N.C. Policy Collaboratory housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the State of North Carolina through disaster-recovery legislation; and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology’s Office of University Programs.”

“The hurricane relief and planning initiative is exactly the type of project that the Collaboratory was envisioned to lead and support when it was established by the legislature,” said Brad Ives, Director of the Collaboratory. “The initiative is an outstanding example of using the power of the university through both its research capacity and student engagement to serve and assist residents of North Carolina.”

Read more at the Coastal Resilience Center website.

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