Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Assessing Long-term Economic Recovery for Communities Impacted by Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Fall 2010)

In August 2010, the White House’s National Incident Command-Economic Solution Team lead 21 economic development and assessment teams throughout the Gulf in response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) assisted in conducting these assessments through a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration

Multiple teams comprised of federal agency representatives, economic development organizations and experts in economic development deployed to the Gulf Coast region were sent to 19 counties affected by the oil spill, followed the completion of two “pilot” trips in June and July. This effort is part of the Obama administration’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and was carried out through the National Incident Command, Economic Solutions Team.

These teams were a collaborative effort with gulf communities discussing and exploring a wide range of recovery issues and concerns. Visit the RestoretheGulf.gov for a project overview, common recovery principles, and a summary of best practices identified from team members.