Community Resilience Framework

The Institute continues to work with diverse community representatives to map existing efforts and develop metrics to gauge local resilience. By working with the community to determine what is resilience and local quality of place for Blaine County, and to identify the quantitative metrics and qualitative aspects of resilience, the framework will enable our community to collaboratively pinpoint our highest needs and identify the gaps in meeting those needs. This will guide both the work of the Institute as well as help to inform local decision-makers in government, business and nonprofit organizations in the creation of effective strategies to increase resilience.

Research, Education, and Outreach

Research: To strengthen the Institute’s work, we continue to collaborate with academic institutions including Arizona State University’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute for Sustainability (GIOS), Boise State University, and the University of Idaho, among others. To date, they have contributed to the Institute’s work developing a Community Resilience Framework and metrics, Energy Resilience, and initial evaluations of the economic value of the Big Wood River.

Education & Outreach: To support our role in sharing strategies to strengthen resilience, the Institute seeks to publish state by state local investment handbooks, starting in Idaho, Washington, and other western states, on the power of local investing. This will be done in partnership with Michael Shuman, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense, also a speaker at the Sun Valley Economic Summit and Sun Valley Forum on Resilience. The Institute will partner with local academic institutions and organizations to develop this important tool to drive economic opportunity in communities including ours. Bringing investment back into local communities can help sustain new businesses, grow existing ones, create jobs, and diversify the economy, a key tool in addressing resilience.