Regional Planning in the Southeast

Governors’ South Atlantic Alliance

The GSAA was a collaboration of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida in partnership with three federal co-lead agencies, EPA, USGS, and NOAA that focused on shared ocean and coastal challenges and opportunities promoting environmental sustainability, disaster preparedness, and strong economies. The Alliance supported both national and state-level ocean and coastal policy by coordinating federal, state and local entities to ensure the sustainability of the region’s economic, cultural, and natural resources.

The GSAA Action Plan was released in December 2010 and describes the four Priority Issue Areas that were identified by the Governors to be of mutual importance to the sustainability of the region’s resources: Healthy Ecosystems, Working Waterfronts, Clean Coastal and Ocean Waters, and Disaster-Resilient Communities.

The goals, objectives, actions and implementation steps for each of these priorities were further described in the GSAA Implementation Plan released in July 2011.  The GSAA Implementation Plan was published July 6, 2011 and the Alliance has been working to implement the Plan through the IATTs and two NOAA-funded Projects: Coastal Hazards Vulnerability Analysis and Regional Information Management System.

Website: http://www.southatlanticalliance.org/

SARRP Research Plan

The South Atlantic Regional Research Project was a regional, multi-agency project to develop a coordinated coastal and ocean research plan for the southeastern United States (from NC to FL). The South Atlantic effort was funded by National Sea Grant-NOAA and was conducted in concert with similar projects in other Sea Grant regions across the U.S. and Insular Pacific. The project’s primary goals are to identify priority coastal and ocean research needs for the region and to foster productive cooperation among regional partners. The SARRP plan was released in April 2010 after a three-year process that involved federal, regional, state and academic partners from throughout the region. The plan identifies 27 research priorities, which were aligned with the four themes that were used by the South Atlantic Governor’s Alliance: Healthy Ecosystems, Working Waterfronts, Clean Coastal and Ocean Waters, and Disaster-Resilient Communities.

The paper, South Atlantic Regional Research Plan: Development and Application of Coastal Regional Priorities, describes the process by which the plan was developed, highlighting the key research priorities identified in the research plan and presenting an update on synergy with other regional initiatives.

Publications

South Atlantic Regional Plan (2007)

PowerPoint Presentation by Merryl Alber and Christine Laporte

South Atlantic Regional Research Project Update (2007)

Merryl Alber and Christine Laporte

Development of a Research Plan for the South Atlantic Region: Progress Report February 26, 2007