Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

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 regions—Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Galveston, Texas— and their responses to the Iowa Floods and Hurricane Ike, this report uncovers the unique roles these organizations play in restoring  regional economies and their economic engines for the communities that depend on them.

The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation, with support from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) assembled this report. The qualitative research collected for this report has been gathered through in-person site visits and interviews with stakeholders of regional disaster recovery efforts in Iowa and Texas.