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BUSINESS NEWS DEWBERRY AWARDED NORTH CAROLINA RESILIENT COASTAL COMMUNITIES PROGRAM CONTRACT Dewberry , a privately held professional services firm, has announced that it has been selected for the North Carolina Resilience Coastal Communities Program by the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management. As part of the contract, Dewberry will develop a community resilience strategy framework for four coastal communities by conducting impact analyses to inform planning, holding community outreach programs to identify needs and priorities, and identifying and prioritizing key opportunities for adaptation strategies based on risks and resources available. The vulnerability assessments will consider natural features, coastal and rainfall hazards, range of flood conditions, critical infrastructure, built

environment, community input and partnering, and social vulnerability. “The NCRCCP is a critical program that will help support resilience efforts for coastal North Carolina communities for years to come,” says Dewberry Project Manager and Associate Beth Smyre, P.E. “Resilience planning is critical to a community’s ability to respond and recover from climate-generated events. We are excited to support Craven County and the towns of Cape Carteret, Pine Knoll Shores, and Swansboro in realizing their respective visions for community resilience, just as we have done for other communities across the country.” Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and more than 2,000 professionals nationwide.

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my argument would be that the pandemic has only added accelerant to that already burning fire. Industry 4.0 is just a label to represent the fourth industrial revolution that moves us from the first industrial revolution (mechanization through water and steam power) to the mass production and assembly lines of the second, to the fourth industrial revolution that will accelerate the adoption of automation through smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning. This includes the Internet of Things, the Internet of Systems, 3D printing, AR, and VR, for example. Looking at the major trends, it can sometimes feel that the individual has little power to make change. I believe the opposite. I think we can empower the individual as we never have before. It allows for decentralized systems and information accessible by all. What this means practically within our companies is that young leaders will have more influence than ever before. A few things you can do at an individual level to position yourself well to reap the rewards of this transformation include: ❚ ❚ Keep your word and establish trust ❚ ❚ Quickly acknowledge where failure has occurred and demand change ❚ ❚ Anticipate different viewpoints and pushback ❚ ❚ Know when to be restrained and when to push forward ❚ ❚ Set the example ❚ ❚ Understand your team’s emotional needs ❚ ❚ Refuse to allow dwelling on past failure and disagreement ❚ ❚ Control your own emotional outbursts ❚ ❚ Protect your team from blame There is a bridge filled with opportunity and potential that can lead us from where we are today to a landscape where the change you’ve been seeking is possible. The environment is ripe for transformation. It is up to you to seize the day, work harder, and go farther. PHIL KEIL is director of strategy services at Zweig Group. Contact him at

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