Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Galveston Economic Recovery Assessment Technical Report

IEDC with support from BCLC sent a team of panel experts to assist Galveston, Texas in their economic recovery from Hurricane Ike in 2008. The team developed this report in January, 2009, Galveston Economic Recovery, which addresses the storm’s impact on the local economy, and includes specific recommendations on small business recovery; business retention and expansion; economic impacts; workforce; the city’s leadership role; the downtown district; strategic planning; communications strategy; emergency management planning; organizational issues; and working with state and federal funders.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) was retained by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) to assist Galveston, Texas in their economic recovery from the September 2008 floods. On October 28th and 29th, an IEDC team of economic development and business recovery experts visited Galveston. The objective of the project was to address the storm’s impact on the local economy, identify the community’s capacity for economic recovery, and develop specific recommendations to strengthen public and private sector cooperation to streamline the recovery effort. All of which can be seen in this report.