Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Publications & Reports



Leadership in a Time of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

IEDC is proud to announce the release of a revised Leadership in a Time of Crisis toolkit. The toolkit was developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by grants from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration……more


A Decade of Disasters

The U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC)’s 2010 report on disaster resiliency and recovery which features best practices and lessons learned from communities impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted communities, Tennesse……more


America’s Gulf Crisis: A Long-Term Recovery Plan after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The Obama Administration in the fall of 2010 put forward an aggressive long-term recovery plan, including a call for dedicated funds, to help strengthen the Gulf region’s environment, economy, and health following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. T……more


An Improved Federal Response to Post-Disaster Economic Recovery

This 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……more


Building Resilience in America’s Communities: Observations and Implications of the CRS Pilots Report

This March 2013 report looks at the efforts of the Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) who in 2010 devoted 18 months to coordinating an effort to build a Community Resilience System (CRS) that would provide practical and immediately u……more


Building Resilient Coastal Communities: Counties and the Digital Coast

Building Resilient Coastal Communities: Counties and the Digital Coast is a brief published by the National Association of Counties in partnership with Digital Coast. Highlighted in this brief are many of the resources that counties use to address co……more


Canadian Resource: Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness

Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is pleased to announce it has designed a unique resource to help community leaders prepare for and recover from economic disasters. The only resource of its kind in Canada. Called the Recovery and Resiliency Road……more


Case Studies in Addressing Neighborhood Vacancy and Blight

The International Economic Development Council has released a new publication on case studies in addressing neighborhood vacancy and blight. Six brief case studies highlight strategies used around the United States to help stabilize neighborhoods……more


Case Studies in Small Business Finance Following a Disaster

IEDC releases a new briefing on strategies to support small businesses following a disaster. Six case studies highlight how American communities have utilized public, private and a mix of public and private funding to aid small businesses to return to operations and thrive following a disaster.…more


Creating Disaster Resiliency: Implementing Regional Coordination and National Disaster Prevention Networks Whitepaper

A whitepaper based on BCLC’s February 2012 Systemic Community Resiliency Workshop. Over the past two decades, the cost of natural disasters in the United States has doubled from $15.6 billion annually to $31.25 billion annually. These dramatically ……more


Download a Free Guide on Engaging Small Businesses in Disaster Preparedness

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) released a user-friendly guide for business support organizations with practical tips on engaging small businesses in disaster preparedness. The intended audience for this resource includes loca……more


Economic Needs Assessment for Coal Communities in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conducted this needs assessment to understand the economic needs and development priorities of coal regions in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. This assessment identifies the communities hardest-……more


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 economi……more


Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum

Shortly after the events in the Gulf, IEDC co-sponsored the Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum with the US Chamber of Commerce. The Forum was developed in partnership with the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. More than 130 ec……more


Leadership in Times of Crisis: Colorado – A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

Developed by IEDC with nationwide input and funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, this Toolkit is tailored to the state of Colorado. The toolkit is designed to benefit a wide range of pub……more


Navigating Federal Disaster Recovery Funding Report

The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) new report, Federal Disaster Recovery Funding: Minimizing Roadblocks to Maximize Resources (PDF), is intended to guide communities, states and economic development organizations through some……more


Northeast & Southeast EDA Regions Needs Assessments for Fiscal Year 2011 Disasters

These needs assessments were conducted to help IEDC and the NADO Research Foundation (the Team) to develop a deeper understanding of southeastern and northeastern communities’ and regions’ needs related to post-disaster economic recovery. The ass……more


Peer Learning Forum of Innovative Approaches to Disaster Recovery and Economic Resiliency

This report from June, 2011 outlines the existing roles being played by Economic Development Districts (EDDs) in disaster recovery and resiliency, including policy, program and organizational barriers and opportunities that these organizations have f……more


Resources for Rebuilding the Tourism and Fisheries Industries

The increase in the occurrence and devastation of natural and man-made disasters is impacting the local economy in many communities. Communities that rely on seasonal industries such as tourism can find it especially challenging when an entire season……more


Restoring Regional Economies in the Wake of Disaster

This report from December, 2010 explores the pressing economic issues faced by regional councils and economic development organizations in the aftermath of natural disasters. Drawing from real world experiences of two otherwise vastly different regio……more


What a Successful Disaster Recovery Looks Like Whitepaper

This whitepaper, a publication of the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), is designed to inform community leaders and federal policymakers on what a successful disaster recovery looks like, and what can be done to increase the chances of achievi……more



A Marketing Plan for the Stennis-Michoud Technology Corridor

IEDC provided marketing assistance for the promotion of a technology corridor that runs from Stennis Space Center in Southwest Mississippi to Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. Both facilities are owned and operated by the U.S. Nati… …more


Building Resilient Regions: Pamlico Peninsula Counties, North Carolina

This April 2016 report, Building Resilient Regions: Pamlico Peninsula Counties, North Carolina, outlines the findings of a technical assistance project completed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). IEDC, with funding from the… …more


Cedar Rapids Economic Recovery Assessment

This report provides recommendations for the City of Cedar Rapids, IA with economic recovery and rebuilding after the 2008 flooding. Written in August, 2008 the topics on small business recovery include; cultural facilities and human service organiza… …more


Developing Coastal Tourism as an Economic Driver in the Houston-Galveston Region

This 2011 report of Developing Coastal Tourism as an Economic Driver provides recommendations and strategies to four counties in southeast Texas that have been impacted by Hurricane Ike. The goal of this technical assistance is in revitalizing the to… …more


Developing Tourism and Economic Resiliency in the New Jersey Bayshore Area

This 2015 report of Developing Tourism and Economic Resiliency in the New Jersey Bayshore Area outlines the findings of the technical assistance to Cumberland County, New Jersey. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), with funding… …more


Enhancing Economic Resilience in the C3 Region of Northwest Alabama

This April 2016 report, Enhancing Economic Resilience in the C3 Region of Northwest Alabama, outlines the findings of a technical assistance project completed by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). IEDC, with funding from … …more


Enhancing Economic Resilience in the City of Horn Lake, Mississippi – Technical Assistance Report

This 2016 report of Enhancing Economic Resilience in City of Horn Lake, Mississippi outlines the findings of the technical assistance project in Horn Lake, MS. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), with funding from the U.S…. …more


Entrepreneurship and Small Business Delivery Services Action Plan: Strategies & Recommendations for the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

The Economic Development Administration (EDA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, retained the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to provide technical assistance in economic development to disaster-impacted communities in… …more


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 imp… …more


IEDC Economic Development Assistance: Report of Findings for WV IAS Communities

IEDC teams conducted five technical assistance visits to each of the WV Hub’s Innovation Acceleration Strategy communities. This report details the findings of those teams, and recommendations to strengthen economic investment in these southern WV co… …more


Improving Economic Resilience in the Town of Union, New York

This 2014 report of Improving Economic Resilience outlines the findings of the technical assistance to the Town of Union, New York. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration… …more


New Orleans Public-Private Economic Development Partnership: Organizational and Operational Plan

This May, 2008 report outlines the mission, vision, creation, and structure of a new public-private economic development partnership in the City of New Orleans. Business groups, economic development organizations, regional agencies, and key City of N… …more


Strengthening Downtown for Economic Resilience, City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island Technical Assistance Report

This 2015 report of Strengthening Downtown outlines the findings of the technical assistance to the City of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) was able to complete this technical assistance with fund… …more


Targeted Neighborhood Redevelopment in Six Corners and Old Hill, Springfield, MA

This technical assistance report is the product of an intensive technical assistance process that began with several weeks of background research on Springfield, MA that was subsequently presented  to a panel of  experts from throughout the countr… …more


Terrebonne Economic Recovery Needs Assessment

IEDC with support from an EDA grant provided assistance to Terrebonne Parish, LA to assess their economic recovery needs from Hurricane Gustav as well as the recent Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The panel advisory team developed this July, 2010 report… …more



A Review of RestoreYourEconomy.org

This presentation includes a review of resources on RestoreYourEconomy.org, discusses short and long-term strategies for economic recovery, and presents several case studies on communities preparing for and responding to disasters. Many of these case… …more


Business Continuity How-To’s: Seeing a Business Through the Storm Workshop Presentations

On March 5th, 2014, IEDC held a day-long, interactive workshop on the basics of how to deliver hands-on business continuity training for small businesses in a community. These three presentations were presented throughout the day and provided tactica… …more


California Wildfires Economic Recovery Assessment (November 2007)

This presentation assess the economic impacts and business recovery efforts for a group of community and business stakeholders associated with the San Diego Regional Chamber. IEDC with support from BCLC sent a panel of experts to San Diego County to … …more


Connecting Entrepreneurs to Capital: Workshop Presentation

Given to stakeholders in Southwest Louisiana on September 12, 2013, this presentation was designed for small business support organizations, funders, and entrepreneurs by Jon Gregory, Managing Director at Innovate North State. This presentation provi… …more


Disaster Preparedness for Post-Disaster Economic Recovery

Outlined in this presentation are topics of disaster preparedness for a post-disaster economic recovery. Topics include, financing, capacity building, business community engagement, workforce planning, and redevelopment. IEDC Senior Associate Carrie … …more


Engaging the Private Sector in Successful Long-term Disaster Recovery Presentation

Outlined in this presentation are the roles of economic developers in post-disaster economic recovery and reasons to engage the economic development community in a community’s long-term plans for recovery. IEDC Senior Associate Carrie Mulcaire gave… …more


Federal Tools and Resources for Economic Development Presentation

This presentation includes federal resources for post-disaster economic recovery and development. IEDC Senior Associate Carrie Mulcaire gave this presentation to a delegation of municipal leaders from Iowa on May 11, 2011 as part of a panel on utiliz… …more


IEDC’s Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery Work

This presentation from March 2015 outlines the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) diverse work in disaster preparedness and economic recovery. The history is outlined in a timeline of disaster preparedness and economic recovery e… …more


Lessons Learned in Post-Disaster Economic Recovery and Resiliency

This presentation discusses the economic issues that commonly arise after a disaster, and presents strategies and action steps for short, intermediate and long-term economic recovery. Additional strategies for resiliency and preparedness are also pre… …more


Materials Available from “Making Resilience the New Normal” Convening (Washington, DC)

Across the country, local and regional agencies are finding new ways of building resilience through their day-to-day decisions.  By applying a new lens to not only disaster recovery but also to planning, zoning, capital investment, lending, and othe… …more


Overview of the National Disaster Recovery Framework and the Economic Recovery Support Function

On August 27, 2012, Josh Barnes of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) provided an overview of the new National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), which describes and institutionalizes agency‐wide approaches to prepare for, plan for… …more


Pre-Disaster Planning Activities for Community Preparation Presentation

This presentation discusses pre-disaster planning activities that economic development & recovery stakeholders can engage in to prepare their community for a potential disaster and to spur post-disaster economic recovery. IEDC President & CEO… …more