- Taylor Gonsalves
- Communications Director
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(Los Angeles, CA) – Today, the U.S. Resiliency Council hosted a press conference alongside Biden Administration S.B.A. Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman to highlight their Partnership Agreement to officially launch the Resilience Advantage webinar and seminar educational programs to help businesses increase seismic resiliency.
“Congratulations to the U.S. Resiliency Council and the U.S. Small Business Administration on this essential partnership. When working with the U.S.R.C. to obtain funding to retrofit soft story multifamily housing in California, their commitment to protecting our communities was apparent. I am excited to see them continue making strides through this partnership,” stated Assemblymember Rodriguez.
During the 2021-22 legislative session, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez partnered with the U.S.R.C. to allocate $250 million to establish and implement the Seismic Retrofitting Program for Soft Story Multifamily Housing. This funding was allocated in the 2023-24 General Fund of the Budget Act and will ensure the safety of our communities most vulnerable to disaster in an earthquake.
Over the past year, the U.S. Resiliency Council has hosted a series of educational programs for businesses to highlight the importance of being resilient to disasters. The U.S. Small Business Administration noticed their efforts and created this partnership to expand these programs.
“As our efforts over this past legislative session focused on the importance of resiliency at home, I am pleased to see the U.S.R.C. continue their efforts in the business setting. Businesses need to be prepare for any disaster, and educating them on how to best do so is essential to their safety and success,” added Assemblymember Rodriguez.
Assemblymember Rodriguez (Twitter) represents the 53rd Assembly District which includes the cities of Chino, Montclair, Ontario, Pomona, and Upland. He is Chair of the Assembly Committee on Emergency Management.