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About GeoRed

Building Coastal Bend Region resilience to major disruptions


The economic prosperity of a region depends on its ability to prevent, withstand, and quickly recover from major disruptions. This has become clear in the Coastal Bend, a region that is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, many years after the disaster. To strengthen our resilience to shocks, we must be able to anticipate and evaluate risks, including how various physical, social, economic, environmental, and other factors may impact key community assets.

The Regional Resilience Partnership (RRP) built this geographic information system (GIS) platform, Geospatial Resilient Economic Development (GeoRED), to provide our region tailored, powerful tools for building resilience to disaster and economic risks. The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration funded the initial phase of this project, with focus on the needs of Aransas, Bee, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties. With additional support from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence, the project was expanded to include Nueces, Kleberg, and Kenedy Counties.

A powerful set of tools directly available to the public


The GeoRED online platform is available to the public and serves a set of tools for local officials and experts to analyze and share data with other interested stakeholders, and it can even be used to print maps of areas of interest. The tools include parcel level data, hazard layers, social vulnerability data, economic development data, and other data that is all unique to the residents and needs of each county.

Some ways in which the data might be used include:

Engaging communities in comprehensive planning

Understanding the intersections of social vulnerability, risk, and economic diversification

Integrating different data sets to better understand risk and resilience

Conducting pre-disaster recovery planning

Assessing redundancy in broadband networks

Promoting smart growth practices across different neighborhoods

Understanding potential restoration sites

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Welcome to GeoRED, a geospatial data portal designed to assist the communities of the Coastal Bend, Texas in practicing smart growth practices by providing regional hazard, modeling, and economic development data.
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This project was funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and the Texas OneGulf RESTORE Center of Excellence, with federal funding from the Department of the Treasury through the State of Texas under the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). The content, statements, findings, opinions, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the State of Texas or the Treasury.
The Regional Resilience Partnership (RRP) is a joint initiative of the Coastal Bend Council of Governments and the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
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