Sorry for the random contact here, thought perhaps you’d be interested for either Biloxi or other communities you know locally.
As a non-profit that helps communities develop plans to increase their resilience in the face of climate change, we noticed Biloxi’s earlier success working with NOAA, ISC and others to develop adaptation plans.
Geos Institute (http://www.geosinstitute.org/) is evolving its traditional ClimateWise consulting services by moving to a do-it-yourself approach with graduated levels of support available. The base level will be a free, downloadable guide that walks a community through the steps and principles of the Whole Community Resilience framework that the Geos Institute has developed while working with communities across the US over the past 9 years. If communities want help beyond this guide, we’re planning to offer an annual subscription service with templates, tutorials, and a few different types of phone and online support, at what most communities consider a very affordable price. For those in need of additional help we will offer add-on services such as local climate change projections, on-site facilitation, and final report writing.
Our plans are to launch the service during the 4th quarter of 2017, and begin beta testing in the 3rd quarter of 2017.
We’re now seeking a few communities who are interested in participating in a pre-beta program that begins late May or early June; this will be to provide feedback on a subset of the service components (the guidebook, a few of the templates and associated training videos). In exchange for this feedback, we’ll be glad to reciprocate by providing up to two hours of phone based resilience consulting at no cost.
If you are interested in being part of the pre-beta testing process, please let me know. I’m also glad to answer questions by email or to set up a time to discuss further by phone.