Webinar on the CEE FY19 FFO

On Oct. 12, 2018, David Herring, manager of CPO's CEE Division, conducted a public webinar on the CEE competition within CPO's FY19 FFO, titled "Building U.S Communities' and Businesses' Resilience to Extreme Events." The purposes of the webinar were to provide an overview of the goals and objectives of the competition, to discuss important logistical details in the preparation and submission of proposal applications (deadline, format, etc.), and to summarize relevant motivating factors as to why this new cooperative agreement grant was initiated this year. David was joined in this webinar by John Nordgren, director of the Climate Resilience Fund, a non-profit grant organization that mobilizes resources to help facilitate climate resilience and sustainability activities and outcomes across the U.S. David and John summarized their plans to synergize their annual grant programs to the extent possible, while also maintaining them as two separate processes.

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