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City of St. Louis Introduces First Chief Resilience Officer
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, July 31, 2016 - Mayor Francis Slay has established the Office of Resilience and appointed Patrick R. Brown as Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), a new position created to lead city-wide resilience building efforts.

The Office of Resilience will help the City of St. Louis prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the 'shocks' - catastrophic events like heat waves, tornados, and floods - and 'stresses' - slow-moving disasters like aging infrastructure, homelessness, and unemployment, which are increasingly part of 21st century life.

As Chief Resilience Officer, Patrick will report directly to the Mayor and oversee the development and implementation of a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for the City.

In his capacity as CRO, Patrick also will contribute to coordination of recommendations provided by Forward Through Ferguson, Ready by 21 St. Louis, and For the Sake of All to improve the quality of life for St. Louis residents.

"I love our City, so I am both honored and humbled by the gravity of this appointment. While "resiliency" is a relatively new term in city government, the work I've cared about most deeply during my time serving Mayor Slay has certainly been in the spirit of building resilience. I look forward to the inclusive community-driven work ahead, with the guidance and support of Rockefeller, and I'm encouraged by this opportunity to build new partnerships necessary for lasting change in St. Louis."

This is the next step in the City's membership in 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), a selective program focused on helping cities worldwide become more resilient. The City of St. Louis was selected for the program from more than 700 applicants around the world and kicked off its engagement with 100RC last October with a "Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop." 100RC is providing the City with technical support and resources, including full funding for Patrick's position as a senior executive Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), to develop and implement a City Resilience Plan over the next two years.

The City's resilience initiative includes a unique focus on social and economic resilience in a city affected by historic divisions of race and class, along with resiliency planning to withstand shocks, such as civil unrest and weather disasters. Disparities in health, education, social and economic outcomes threaten community cohesion and weaken the overall resilience of the City of St. Louis. Patrick will therefore be charged with fostering a citywide dialogue on the root causes of these divisions, helping the City to unite and build the collective capacity for change.

"These are all issues that Patrick is already very familiar, which will give him a tremendous start to building the City's resiliency," Mayor Slay said. "Patrick is a natural problem solver, quick to bring people together to tackle difficult topics. I think St. Louisans really respond to Patrick's unique brand of pragmatic optimism, and I suspect that's why he's been so successful at engaging people - young and not so young."

Executive Order NO. 56, issued by Mayor Slay, formally establishes the Office of Resilience and appoints Patrick Brown as Chief Resilience Officer, effective July 26, 2016.

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St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay Recognized for Support of AmeriCorps and National Service
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, July 31, 2016 - Francis G. Slay, Mayor of St. Louis, has been presented the 2016 Local Leadership Award by the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC) Executive Director Don Stamper and Vice Chairman John R. Albright on behalf of Voices for National Service, a diverse coalition of national service programs, state service commissions and individual champions, who work to ensure Americans of all ages have the opportunity to serve and volunteer in their community.

Founded in 2003, Voices for National Service has built strong bipartisan support among our nation's leaders and helped position national service as a viable policy solution to tackle unmet needs, expand opportunity, and leverage human capital.

Mayor Slay has been a vocal advocate for placing citizens at the center of solving challenges in St. Louis, and has fought to protect federal funding for national service programs. In July 2015, he accepted co-chairman responsibilities of the newly launched Missouri National Service Coalition that is helping to organize the national service community in Missouri.

In honor of Mayor Slay's steadfast commitment to national service, the Voices for National Service Steering Committee voted unanimously to present him with the 2016 Local Leadership Award.

"Mayor Francis Slay is serious about collaborating with his constituents and using national service as a catalyst to solve problems in St. Louis communities," said AnnMaura Connolly, President, Voices for National Service. "Mayor Slay has been a strong advocate for national service, encouraging elected officials from across Missouri to invest in these cost-effective initiatives. He is a truly worthy recipient of the Voices for National Service's Local Leadership Award."

In a release, Mayor Slay said, "It is an honor to accept this award, and I do so on behalf of all the residents in the City of St. Louis. Thank you to the Missouri National Service Coalition, AmeriCorps, VISTA, and NCCC members. Together, you all have been a huge help and have made a big difference in the City of St. Louis. We are grateful for your service and for your assistance tackling tough issues, especially around vacancy and abandonment. We are also grateful for the work National Service members do to engage others in the community to volunteer their time for the good of our City."

In addition to Mayor Slay, this year Voices for National Service also honored Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Michael Bennett (D-CO), Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, CSX Corporation Chairman Michael Ward, and Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne.

In 2014, the Corporation for National Community Service ranked St. Louis as the 14th best large metros for volunteerism, with the Kansas City metro area taking the number eight spot.

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