The nine Council of Governments are grouped by color in this map. Graphic: NCORR

The public has until Monday, Dec. 5, to comment on nine draft regional resilience portfolios that include five to 10 prioritized project descriptions.

The draft portfolios for nine councils of government regions are an initiative of the Regional Resilience Portfolio Program, a component of the larger Regions Innovating for Strong Economies & Environment, or RISE, Program.

RISE is a partnership between the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency and N.C. Rural Center, in collaboration with the N.C. Councils of Governments.

The regional resilience portfolio is one of two final products created in partnership with each of the nine regional councils of governments to help those regions plan for the impacts of climate change.

At the end of the program, each of the participating regions will have a final portfolio of priority projects based on the area’s specific needs, which can be used when seeking funding from federal and other sources.

The RISE program is asking residents to give feedback on the projects, including considerations to make the projects more effective and deliver the most value to the region. RISE is also seeking suggestions on potential partners for implementing the projects.

Residents can review the draft portfolio for their region and share feedback using the following links. Hyde County is in the Albemarle region:

list of counties for each region can be found on the RISE website.

RISE is funded by a $1.1 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, with support from both NCORR and N.C. Rural Center. The Duke Energy Foundation has committed $600,000 to offer accelerator grants to the regions for priority projects identified as an outcome of the program.