IEDC’s board of directors and staff send our heartfelt sympathies and prayers to those who are being impacted by the catastrophic wildfires in California and the western states, and the brave fire personnel and other first responders working to contain the damage. We recognize the layered impact of these fires as communities also attempt to address the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. We hope for a full recovery in all communities that are impacted.
Kenny McDonald, Chairman of the IEDC Board of Directors expresses the organization's concern, "During this time of unprecedented damage from wildfires, our hearts go out to the communities affected. We offer our sympathy for the lives, homes, and businesses lost, and pray for a speedy end to the fires. As these communities build back, IEDC and its members will continue to provide support to help economic development professionals rebuild economic vitality and resilience."
IEDC is committed to sharing resources that help communities build back in a stronger and more resilient way after a major catastrophe. For people trying to get information on economic recovery, some of those include:
- Download the Leadership in Times of Crisis toolkit for resources and information, as well as links to recovery information.
- A webinar recording on prioritizing economic recovery after disaster features efforts after the Joplin tornado and Jefferson Parish’s recovery from Katrina.
- A webinar recording on securing capital for economic recovery is available for listening on RestoreYourEconomy.org.
- A webinar recording on building organizational capacities in rural areas features economic recovery efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill and an EF-3 tornado.
- Download five case studies of recovery and resilience in the publication, The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Economic Disaster Recovery and Economic Resiliency.
- The California Association for Local Economic Development recently published the California Rural Infrastructure Financing Guidebook, which includes a chapter on Disaster Relief Funding.
We encourage the entire economic development community of professionals to explore RestoreYourEconomy.org, which advises on critical activities to conduct and after a disaster that will assist in economic recovery. It also offers advice on encouraging business to engage in disaster preparedness, how to establish a business recovery center and/or finance recovery tools and a host of other resources. Case studies show how communities have worked to restore their economies after a major disaster. Our thoughts go out to those whose family members and friends were affected and to those involved in the recovery work that lies ahead.
Jeff Finkle, CEcD
President and CEO International Economic Development Council