Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Case Studies



Building on Economic Assets in Akron, Ohio after the Decline of the Tire Industry Case Study

The city of Akron, Ohio had to restore its economic base and rebuild the city’s public image with the disappearance of over 20,000 jobs from the “rubber capital of the world” in a relatively short period of time. Learn about the strategies pursued to successfully diversify into a mix of industries from polymers to advanced manufacturing to professional services, whereby the growth of new sec… …more


Economic Diversifcation into Knowledge-based Industries in Ponca City, Oklahoma After the Departure of Conoco Phillips Case Study

Located 90 miles from three metro areas: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Wichita, Ponca City was once a small, one-company town with the headquarters of Conoco Oil Company. In the 1990s, the city was forced to re-invent itself once the area was impacted by major downsizing at Conoco. Ponca City has since pursued successful workforce, marketing, and entrepreneurship strategies for economic diversificatio… …more


Economic Diversification in the San Fernando Valley after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake Case Study

After the devastating Northridge earthquake in 1994 which exacerbated economic conditions in the San Fernando Valley, local officials decided to establish a new economic development alliance in the form of a public-private partnership to pursue economic diversification strategies.

Learn about the steps taken to transform local workforce skills and knowledge out of declining industries into emer… …more


Greater New Orleans: Building on Competitive Advantages to Strengthen Economic Resilience

The NADO Research Foundation has released the latest installment of its case study series, Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience. The series highlights how regional development organizations have used 2008 disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to address the impacts of natural disasters, become more resilient to future … …more


Building Capacity for Economic Recovery and Preparedness in Polk County, Florida

Polk County was one of the few counties to be severely impacted by all three hurricanes, which struck the Florida coast during a two-month period in 2004. Learn how the local economic development and chamber organizations quickly responded to the needs of impacted businesses and built a team to address ongoing recovery issues. See how the local economic development organization played a prominent role in guiding planning efforts to increase economic resiliency and to facilitate redevelopment in the face of future events.


Re-establishing Business Travel in Arlington, Virginia After September 11th, 2001 Pentagon Attacks Case Study

Ranked as one of the most-educated, highest-earning cities in the nation, Arlington, Virginia has a significant business travel industry due to the central location of the Pentagon. After the attack on the Pentagon on September 11th, the community quickly mobilized within hours to deploy a needed humanitarian response to this man-made disaster. Meanwhile, the closure of Ronald Reagan National Airp… …more


Restoring Tourism Assets in Charleston, South Carolina after Hurricane Hugo Case Study

Well known for its Southern charm and hospitality, Charleston, SC has a large tourism industry, which accounts for a major part of the regional economy. The aftermath of Hurricane Hugo in 1989 left 50,000 individuals homeless and caused a total of $2.8 billion in damage, of which three-fourths of the historic downtown’s 3,500 buildings were damaged. Community, historic preservation and tourism l… …more


Reviving Wilmington, NC and Outer Banks’ Tourism Economy after the Impact of Multiple Hurricanes in 1999 Case Study

The coastline around Wilmington and the outer banks, boasts one of the largest recreational areas north of Florida, whereby tourism accounts for $390 million in annual economic impact. In 1999, three consecutive category 1 and 2 hurricanes struck the Cape Fear coastal area in a three month period, which caused major damage in terms of flooding and impact on the barrier islands in the Outer Banks. … …more