The Restoration Economy with the "Re-Guy" Storm Cunningham

March 30, 2021

Restoration, resiliency, recovery: how to make it work.

On this show, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham explore the highest levels of decision making, visioning, and strategizing for a new more resilient world. Serving as guide is Storm Cunningham, Executive Director of the RECONOMICS Institute in Washington, DC. For two decades, Storm has helped public and private clients around the globe understand how to lead or support resilient prosperity. He methods focus on the community and regional revitalization process; and communities or other entities position themselves within that process. A former Green Beret SCUBA medic with the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group, he is an avid SCUBA diver.

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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.