Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

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Presentations from South Carolina Resilience Workshops


The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the NADO Research Foundation hosted three economic resilience training workshops throughout South Carolina May 16-19, 2016. Designed to support communities and regions impacted by the October 2015 floods, these day-long workshops provided a foundation in economic resilience planning and covered issues such as: post-disaster economic recovery, economic diversification, business retention and expansion strategies, creative recovery financing strategies, effective ... [Read Full Post]

Business Continuity and Preparedness Toolkits


The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) provides two free useful tools for small businesses, one focused on business continuity, the other on business preparedness. Having both an emergency preparedness and response plan as well as a business continuity plan in place saves time and focuses energy during emergency situations.By taking this action, business owners will help make their communities more resilient, while also protecting their employees and their business’ bottom ... [Read Full Post]

EDA Austin Region Needs Assessment Memo – An Overview of Community and Regional Needs


This EDA Austin Region needs assessment memo was conducted to assist the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to develop a deeper understanding of communities’ and regions’ needs related to preparedness and post-disaster economic recovery. The assessment was conducted for the EDA Austin Region ... [Read Full Post]

Webinar Recording: Broadband Technology Has Arrived…Now What?


On February 11, 2016, IEDC held this webinar titled Broadband Technology Has Arrived…Now What? Broadband technology is a key asset to a growing and thriving economy. Cities are establishing high-speed internet service for their citizens and businesses to be competitive in the global economy. Yet just having the technology is not enough to foster economic opportunities. When communities are able to leverage the new technology to create opportunities to train their workers, assist small business owners, attract new customers, and cultivate an atmosphere for the ... [Read Full Post]

Brief: Practical Advice for Transitioning to Recovery


Once a disaster strikes, chances are you are being pulled in multiple directions and uncertain where to devote attention first with limited time available for research. The disaster response phase can be overwhelming and emotionally draining for leaders who are not only worried about their families and homes but also their communities. It is important to realize that you and your community are not alone in the response and recovery efforts. Economic developers and ... [Read Full Post]