Help us shape the next Coastal Community Resilience Challenge.

RISE accelerates innovation and business growth around solutions to coastal resilience challenges in the living laboratory of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Since 2018, we have deployed more than $4 million in financial support and services to 27 businesses developing new, scalable solutions that help coastal communities adapt to flooding and sea level rise challenges.

Here are just a few of the projects now underway:

  • Solutions that reroute drivers in real-time to avoid flooded roads.
  • Mobile manufacturing units that produce custom shoreline protection structures to mitigate flooding faster, safer, and more affordably (Natrx).
  • Stormwater monitoring software and sensors providing real-time tracking, alerts, and analytics to prevent flooding, decrease costs and help prioritize retrofits (StormSensor).
  • Street-level stormwater holding systems that are quicker to install and easier to maintain (InfraSGA).

We’re currently developing the next Coastal Community Resilience Challenge, and we need your help.

Is there a resilience problem currently facing your community or organization? Do you have a topic idea for a RISE Challenge? If so, we’d like to know.

Please help us design our next Challenge topics by completing the survey below.


Describe your resilience problem, including barriers to
existing solutions.
Small segments of roadways next to water can form low spots or “dips.” These segments are the first to become impassable during flooding and cut off what would otherwise be a navigable roadway, causing transportation disruptions. Traditionally, to fix this would require raising and rebuilding that segment, which would take a large amount of time and funding to permit, complete, and to repeat in all such affected areas citywide.
What types of environments does it affect?Roadways subject to flooding next to rivers and other bodies of water.
Do you know of any specific or general locations?The Hague in Norfolk, Hampton Blvd., Norfolk. Generally, any roadway subject to subsidence or low topology in a tidal flood plain.
Do you have any economic data/estimates of the impact of this problem?To raise and rebuild a 100m stretch of 2-lane bidirectional roadway would require $A and B years to design and permit and $C and D years to build.
Any additional materials, references, etc.?See a Joint Land Use Study here: