FUSE Corps - Nashville, TN
In 2020, Nashville weathered the worst disasters and security risks in the city’s 238-year history, facing a tornado, the Covid-19 pandemic, a derecho, and a bombing on Christmas Day. The Mayor’s Office will partner with a FUSE Executive Fellow for one year to shepherd multiple after-action reports for these 2020 disasters, ideating and implementing a strategy for long-term disaster recovery and community resilience.
This fellowship project begins on October 25, 2021, and ends on October 23, 2022. The fellowship begins with a multi-day virtual orientation the week of October 25, 2021. The selected Executive Fellow will begin their first day of providing services to the host agency on November 1, 2021.
Each year, natural disaster in the United States take the lives of hundreds of people, injures thousands more, and causes billions in damages. These natural disasters are fueled by climate change, with rising temperatures and severe weather events not only endangering human and environmental health but posing severe economic risks for cities. Nashville is a region that has seen immense growth over the last decade, with the downtown population soaring 160%, a record 15.8M tourists, and over $7B in tourist revenue. With Nashville’s rapid expansion into a larger, destination-oriented city, new safety and security risks have emerged. These risks are coupled with a myriad of climate-related challenges, including an increased number of intense storms, tornadoes, more frequent flooding, and extreme heat days that threaten this growth and prosperity in the years to come.
In 2020, Nashville weathered the worst disasters in the city’s 238-year history. This included being hit by a category EF3 tornado in early march – the largest natural disaster in the city since the area’s 2010 flood. Then the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which briefly debilitated the city’s tourism industry and impacted the health of thousands in the county. Next, in early May, a derecho, with winds of 80 miles an hour, knocked out power to tens of thousands. And then, on Christmas Day, a bombing rocked the downtown, impacting an estimated 400 residents, 1,200 employees, more than 45 businesses, damaging more than 40 buildings, and leaving three people hurt. Specific populations, such as the elderly and those experiencing homelessness, are disproportionately impacted by these crises. And due to historical underinvestment and redlining in certain Nashville neighborhoods, Black communities like North Nashville and New American communities in the Southeast feel these climate and safety risks acutely.
Despite the pace of these unrelenting disasters, first responders remained steadfast, and the city utilized planning resources developed after the 2010 disaster to address these challenges head-on. This included approving the 2020 updated Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, continuously updating the Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine (NERVE), to provide a digital overview of hazard areas, road closures, shelters, and food and water distribution centers; and use of Nashville Situational Awareness for Flooring Events (SAFE)’s predictive analytics capabilities. These tools are critical components of Nashville’s urban-resilience and climate-adaption strategy and work to address the immediate risks disasters and security threats pose to public health and safety.
The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County wants to build upon these efforts, acting boldly to understand and advance recovery from its most recent disasters. Nashville will partner with FUSE Corps to host an Executive Fellow for one year to shepherd the various after-action reports, ideating and implementing a strategy for disaster recovery and resilience, focused on building and protecting communities in the long term. This framework will focus on initiating investments that support equity and address the unique needs of specific vulnerable populations, such as traditionally underinvested communities of color, New Americans, those experiencing homelessness, and the elderly, ensuring these groups can successfully rebound after disaster strikes. This work will prepare the city for formidable climate and security risks, building a safer, healthier future for generations to come.
PROJECT SUMMARY & POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES
The following provides a general overview of the proposed Executive Fellowship project. This summary and the potential deliverables will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the Executive Fellow, and FUSE staff during the first few months of the Executive Fellowship, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the FUSE Executive Fellow and the host agency.
Starting in November 2021, it is proposed that the FUSE Executive Fellow will begin by gaining a comprehensive understanding of Nashville’s current approach to disaster recovery and resilience. The Executive Fellow will engage with the various stakeholders involved in dilater response and recovery and analyze the different resiliency-based plans for the city, such as the Climate Change Mitigation Action Plan and NashvilleNext – Natural Resource and Hazard Adaptation Plan, and the previous After-Action Report/Improvement Plan from the 2010 Nashville Flood. Utilizing a lens of equity, the Executive Fellow will determine gaps, through lines, and areas of opportunity in these plans and from these conversations. The Executive Fellow will also research comparative approaches to disaster recovery and resiliency planning in peer cities, investigating innovative models from across the nation that could well serve Nashville.
In the next phase, the Executive Fellow will create a strategy for disaster recovery and resilience, forming recommendations for building and protecting communities in the short and long term. The plan will outline processes for incorporating community engagement and perspectives into the seven upcoming After-Action Reports; include scenario-planning tools to prepare the city to engage with all aspects of recovery (ex. public safety, infrastructure, and transportation considerations); and determine a policy framework to guide staff decision making in support of long-term resilience during recovery efforts. These recommended smart growth approaches will help the city recover from current disasters more quickly, be better prepared for the next disaster, and rebuild according to a shared community vision, focusing on fostering resilience among Black, New Americans, the elderly, and those experiencing homelessness in Nashville.
The Executive Fellow will then facilitate the implementation of this strategy, initiating quick wins and tackling low-hanging fruit. The Executive Fellow will map timelines for integration, roles, and responsibilities of stakeholders, new workflows, processes, policies, and metrics for tracking progress – leading change management across stakeholders. The Executive Fellow will determine the personnel, funding, technical resources, and training required to support each recommendation’s integration, exploring creative financing options, working to tap into new resource streams to facilitate priority projects.
By October 2022, the City of Nashville will be prepared to more equitably respond when disaster hits and make investments that build the city’s resilience in the long term. This will include the following:
FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.
FUSE Corps - Nashville, TN
In 2020, Nashville weathered the worst disasters and security risks in the city’s 238-year history, facing a tornado, the Covid-19 pandemic, a derecho, and a bombing on Christmas Day. The Mayor’s Office will partner with a…