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Charleston County, SC and Partners Create Center of Resilience Excellence

Charleston County, SC – Charleston County, the College of Charleston, and the South Carolina Aquarium have partnered to create a new center of excellence with a focus on community and resilience. The Center of Resilience Excellence South Carolina (CORE SC) will collaborate with organizations throughout the state, country and globe that provide best practices on resilience.

This partnership was formed because of the team’s work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formally establishes the partnership among the three founding organizations and authorizes them to develop the Center while expanding their relationship with NASA and other organizations.

“The challenge of resilience affects the citizens of Charleston County every day,” said Elliott Summey, Charleston County Council Chairman. “From flooding to water quality to today’s COVID-19 pandemic, the time for an organization like CORE SC is now.”

CORE SC is designed to be the nexus for research, innovation, and collaboration that leads to actionable outcomes to improve community and societal resiliency. Acting also as a virtual hub, CORE SC supports, connects, and coordinates state, national, and international partners engaged in all aspects of the life cycle of resilient program development. These aspects may include ideation, research, data acquisition, policy creation, prototype implementation, field-testing, deployment, maintenance, and commercialization.

CORE SC will focus on five central resiliency sectors:

  1. Water – maintaining healthy drinking water, mitigation of coastal erosion, sea-level rise, filtering and controlling storm run-off, responding to climate change
  2. Energy – Testing, developing, deploying renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water, battery, bio-sources
  3. Connectivity – Ensuring societal access to internet and other means of communication
  4. Agriculture – Providing sustainable food sources
  5. Natural Hazards – Mitigating and communicating/responding to effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, hurricanes, tornados, and other natural hazards

For additional information:
Kevin Limehouse
Chief Innovation Officer, Charleston County

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