Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

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Join us on 3/28 for our FREE webinar: Revolving Loan Funds for Disaster Recovery!


Revolving Loan Funds for Disaster Recovery March 28, 2019 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET Small businesses are the backbone of any local economy, yet they often lack the financial resources to weather the impacts of man-made and natural disasters. To help small business survive these events, an increasing number of economic development organizations are offering financial and technical assistance like revolving loan funds (RLFs). In conjunction with IEDC's new publication ... [Read Full Post]

Economic Recovery Forum at the 2018 Annual Conference


The 2018 Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia included a morning forum, on October 3, on Economic Recovery from extreme weather events. The purpose of the forum was to capture and analyze the insights from economic developers in disaster-impacted communities and share best practices. The sessions featured perspectives from: - communities in Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands - economic recovery volunteers sent to Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; and - federal officials from EDA, ... [Read Full Post]

Island Economic Resiliency at the 2018 Annual Conference


The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) organized the "Island Economic Resiliency Roundtable," a special event for island-based economic developers, community leaders and subject matter experts that took place in Atlanta, Georgia on October 3, 2018. As an event that took place after the IEDC Annual Conference, this forum was organized as part of an effort to promote inclusive economic development and recognize the unique characteristics of island economies and the challenges faced by island-based economic ... [Read Full Post]

With help from IEDC, two small Texas Cities on the Gulf Coast Rally in 2018 to Recover from Hurricane Harvey


On August 25, 2017, after Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast, the small Texas cities of Rockport and Fulton faced a true crisis. With $125 billion in damage from Harvey, most of the attention of the media and federal government was focused on damage to the Houston Metropolitan area, to the large Gulf oil refineries, and to larger coastal cities like Bay City and Beaumont-Port Arthur. But for ... [Read Full Post]

Allison Larsen, IEDC Volunteer, Makes Strategizing Pay Off for Rockport/Fulton Texas


Allison Larsen is a woman who values a good strategy. As an IEDC volunteer to the Texas Gulf Coast following Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Larsen traveled to Rockport, Texas, to work with the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and its CEO, Diane Probst. Together they pursued action planning with local government officials and downtown business owners. Larsen journeyed to Texas from the Phoenix, Arizona, area where she is the ... [Read Full Post]