Community Resilience Collaborative

The Community Resilience Collaborative (CRC) is a research- and extension-based coastal planning program that combines the reach and resources of two Texas A&M University (TAMU) programs: the Texas Sea Grant College Program and Texas Target Communities (TTC). 

The CRC provides technical assistance for planning, outreach and education aimed at coastal communities, particularly resource managers, land use planners and emergency managers who deal with hazard mitigation. Planning is emphasized to address critical land use, environmental, hazard mitigation and disaster recovery issues through coastal planning. Priority is placed on providing planning assistance to low-capacity, low-resource and/or underrepresented communities. The CRC also funds small grants for community resilience research and facilitates service-learning opportunities for faculty and students in TAMU’s College of Architecture, College of Geosciences, School of Public Health, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, Bush School of Government and Public Service, and School of Law and College of Liberal Arts, and at Texas A&M University at Galveston. 

Goals of the program:

  1. Communities adopt high-quality plans to achieve locally defined visions of sustainable development.
  2. Communities increase resilience to natural and technological hazards.
  3. Habitat, ecosystems and the services they provide are monitored, enhanced and/or restored.
  4. Local and scientific knowledge is leveraged in planning and other decision-making processes.

The CRC is headquartered at TAMU in College Station and has a team of extension-based coastal planners in the field. The coastal planners work in three regions of the Texas coast: the Upper Coast, Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley.

In addition to the counties bordering the Gulf of Mexico or bays, the planners work with communities in the next two counties inland due to the wide-reaching impacts of inland development patterns and land use planning practices on coastal communities. CRC coastal planners provide planning technical assistance, outreach and professional development education. They also act as a bridge between university researchers and local communities, transferring the best available science and data to communities and transferring back information about community needs to university researchers.

For more information regarding the CRC, please contact Heather Wade at hwade@tamu.edu or 979-845-3855.