Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness

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PVPC helping build Climate Resilience in the Pioneer Valley

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) recently  rolled out a new grant program to help municipalities conduct climate change vulnerability assessments and resiliency planning. The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program offers technical assistance for towns and cities to complete climate change vulnerability assessments, develop action-oriented resiliency plans, and implement top priority climate change resilience projects. The MVP Planning Grant provides funding to contract with a state-certified MVP provider that has been trained in facilitating Community Resilience Building (CRB) workshops. Communities who complete the MVP workshop with a Planning Grant become "MVP-certified" and eligible to apply for EOEEA MVP Action Grants to fund top priority projects up to $2,000,000 per community project, or $4,000,000 for regional proposals. MVP-certified communities are also prioritiized for other state funding opportunities.

PVPC is a certified Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) provider! 

PVPC staff have been trained to provide technical assistance to communities to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans, which means that communities who have been awarded a MVP grant can contract PVPC for services. 

PVPC has been very active in the EOEEA’s MVP program through it's first three years (FY17-19), leading workshops and producing final reports in Pelham and Springfield in 2018, Easthampton, Granby, Longmeadow, Monson, Palmer, and Plainfield in 2019, and leading the towns of Agawam, Blandford, East Longmeadow, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Worthington, and West Springfield thorugh the process in 2019-2020. PVPC was an invited stakeholder in Holyoke, Northampton, Belchertown, and Amherst's MVP workshops. Finally, PVPC has assisted multiple MVP communities submit winning applications for MVP Action Grants.  

In addition to the MVP training and workshop experience, PVPC has decades of experience in climate adaptation and sustainability planning, as well as the following qualifications to help your community make the most of your MVP opportunity: 

  1. Unparalleled experience working with Hampden and Hampshire County municipalities 
  2. Strong facilitation and community planning skills  
  3. Experience with climate change vulnerability assessments, hazard mitigation planning, and other risk assessments 

Expertise in GIS mapping and analysis, and all other manner of digital products and presentation materials.​

Missed the MVP Planning Grant application period in 2019? 

Don’t worry!  PVPC can help your community prepare an application for the next round of MVP Planning Grants and/or FY21 MVP Action Grants so that your proposals are ready to go once those opportunity are released.  

For more information, contact Emily Tully,  


The MVP program is not only an exciting opportunity for local capacity building in climate resiliency, but is also designed to integrate seamlessly with the process required for drafting or updating your Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). Through MVP Planning Grant awards in 2018 and 2019, PVPC supported the towns of Plainfield, West Springfield, and Worthington to weave the MVP Planning Process into their hazard mitigation planning or plan update process, incorporating climate adaptation goals and priorities directly into the HMP.

PVPC has helped 41 of 43 communities in the Pioneer Valley write their MEMA and FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plans, and is eager to partner with yours to leverage the MVP program funding to kick-start your next HMP update process, required every 5-years (Let PVPC Guide Your Community Through the Hazard Mitigation Planning Process!).   

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Average Annual Daily Traffic

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Average Daily Traffic

American Farmland Trust

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

American International College

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Approval Not Required

American Planning Association

Aquifer Protection District

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009)

Automatic Traffic Recorder

Average Vehicle Ridership

Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee

Business Improvement District

Bicycle Level of Service

Best Management Practice

Bridge Management System

Board of Appeals (or Adjustment)

Board of Health

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

Commercial Area Revitalization District

Community Action Statement

Central Business District

Cape Cod Commission

Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield

Community Development

Community Development Action Grant

Community Development Block Grant

Centers for Disease Control

Community Development Corporation

Community Development Fund

Community Development Plan

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Community Enterprise Economic Development

Citizen Housing and Planning Association

Community Housing Development Organizations

Capital Improvement Inventory System

Capital Improvements Plan (or Program)

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Congestion Management Process

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

Compressed Natural Gas

Carbon Monoxide

Council of Governments

Commonwealth Procurement Access and Solicitation System

Community Preservation Act

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Community Service Block Grant

Combined Sewer Overflow

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Employment and Training

Department of Housing and Community Development

Direct Local Technical Assistance

Department of Energy Resources

Department of Revenue

Department of Transportation

Department of Public Works

Developments of Regional Impact

Executive Order

Production of affordable housing across a broad range of incomes 

Economic Assistance Coordinating Council

Economic Development Administration

Economic Development Council

Economic Development District

Economic Development Data and Information System

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

Environmental Impact Report

Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Justice

Environmental Notification Form

Economic Opportunity Area

Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Executive Office of Economic Affairs

Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Site Assessment

Economic Target Area

Federal Aid

Functional Classification (of roadways)

Federal Housing Administration

Federal Highway Administration - An agency of the United States Department of Transportation that provides financial and technical support to each state for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.

Federal Highway Administration

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Federal Transit Administration

Greenhouse Gas

Geographic Information System - A system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth.

Geographic Information System

Global Positioning System

Housing Appeal Committee


Holyoke Community College

Housing Development Support Program

Housing Innovation Fund

Home Modification for Individuals with Disabilities Loan

Highway Overlay District

Historic Overlay District

Homeownership Opportunities Program

High Occupancy Vehicle

Housing Preservation Grant

Housing Production Plan

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Invitation for Bid

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Job Access and Reverse Commute

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Jacob's Ladder Trail

Joint Transportation Committee

Local Board(s) of Health

Limited English Proficiency

Local Housing Authority

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Level of Service

Local Option Transportation Tax

Local Pavement Management System

Light Rail Vehicle

Local Technical Assistance

Massachusetts General Laws

Hazardous waste cleanup regulations

Uniform procurement law for local governments


Planning/comprehensive permits

Smart growth zoning and housing production

Smart growth school cost reimbursement

Subdivision control

Expedited permitting

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Massachusetts Geographic Information System

Minority Business Enterprises

Massachusetts Development Finance Agency 

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

Massachusetts Geographic Information Council

Massachusetts Historical Commission 

Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency

Municipal Incentive Grant

Massachusetts Municipal Association

Memorandum of Agreement

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Office on Disability

Memorandum of Understanding

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Metropolitan Statistical Area

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Martha's Vineyard Commission

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

National Association of Regional Councils

New England Association of Regional Councils

Non-Federal Aid

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended)

National Highway System

Neighborhood Housing Services program

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

Nitrogen Oxide

Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Transportation Safety Board

Old Colony Planning Council

Overall Condition Index (Pavement)

Open Space and Recreation Plan

Pavement Condition Index

Priority Development Fund

Purchase of Development Rights

Peak Hour Traffic (or Trips)

Payment in Lieu of Taxes

[Metropolitan] Planning Funds

Pavement Management System 

Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area

Pavement Management Users Group

Planner on a Disc

Public Participation Process

Planned Unit Residential Development

Pioneer Valley Regional Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp.

Rental Development Action Loan

Regional Employment Board

Regional Education and Business Alliance

Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Request For Proposal

Request for Qualifications

Request for Response

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Roadway Inventory Files

Revolving Loan Fund

Regional Planning Agency

Regional Pavement Management System

Regional Transit Authority

Regional Technology Corporation

Regional Transportation Plan

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

Small Business Administration

Supplier Diversity Office 

State Implementation Plan (for air quality)

Sustainable Knowledge Corridor

Single Occupancy Vehicle

Special Permit

Special Permit Planning

Site Plan Review

Statewide Planning and Research Funds

Single Room Occupancy

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

Springfield Technical Community College

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Surface Transportation Program

Targeted Brownfields Assessment

Transportation and Community System Preservation [Pilot Program]

Transportation Demand Management

Transfer of Development Rights

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century

Tax Increment Financing

Transportation Improvement Program

The Literacy Project

Turning Movement Count

Traditional Neighborhood District

Transit Oriented Design (or Development)

Transportation Research Board

Trip Reduction Ordinance

Transportation Systems Management

Urban Growth Boundary

Urban Land Institute

University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

Unified Planning Work Program

Urban Revitalization Development Grant

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Public Land Survey

Underground Storage Tanks

Vehicle Miles Traveled

Volatile Organic Compound

Vehicle Occupancy Rate

Ware Adult Learning Center

Weatherization Assistance Program

Women-owned Business Enterprises

Wellhead Protection Area

Western New England University

Water Quality Management Plan

Westfield River Watershed Association

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee

Water Supply Protection [District]

Westfield State University

Zoning Board of Adjustment (or Appeals)



Town of Pelham Community Resilience Building Workshop Summary of Findings
An overview of the top hazards, current concerns and challenges, current strengths, and actions to improve the Town of Pelham’s resilience to natural and climate-related hazards today and in the future.


Springfield Community Resilience Building Workshops Summary of Findings
Springfield Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Report


Climate Action and Resilience Card Game
This printable set of cards can be used to prompt residents to sort through what they have and need in order to be both resilient and to take individual action on mitigating climate change.


Climate Action And Resilience Card Game Instructions
Instructions for how to facilitate the Climate Action and Resilience Card Game.


Granby MVP Summary of Findings Report
April, 2019 Final Report


Monson MVP Summary of Findings Report
April, 2019 Final Report


Palmer MVP Summary of Findings Report
March, 2019 Final Report


Easthampton MVP Summary of Findings
City of Easthampton MVP Summary of Findings


Longmeadow MVP Summary of Findings Report
Town of Longmeadow MVP Summary of Findings Report

Additional Documents


Plainfield MVP Summary of Findings Report
March, 2019 Final Report