Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

An Improved Federal Response to Post-Disaster Economic Recovery

IEDC LogoThis report from January, 2010 identifies post-disaster economic recovery issues and provides recommendations on how federal partners can better assist local communities. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), this paper identifies capacity, resource and regulatory constraints imposed on local communities after a disaster, and presents a series of recommendations on how federal partners could better assist communities in their recovery effort.

This report was derived form a stakeholder meeting with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). These organizations convened a group of 27 stakeholders on December 15-17, 2009, at the Edward Lowe Foundation Leadership Center in Cassopolis, Michigan, to discuss the subject of post-disaster economic recovery. The 20 recommendations for the federal government are outlined in the beginning of the report.

This presentation is the summary of the whitepaper  mentioned above.  IEDC President & CEO Jeff Finkle gave this presentation at a roundtable on January 12, 2010 as part of the stakeholder forums associated with the Obama Administration’s “Long-term Disaster recovery Working Group”.