In the wake COVID-19,  hurricanes and other disasters, IEDC is offering technical assistance through Economic Recovery and Resilience volunteers. These programs are funded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

For full information, please download this PDF. 

For technical assistance related to COVID-19 please fill out this form.

For technical assistance related to disasters between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2019 in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, please fill out this form.

For technical assistance related to disasters, please reach out to the following regional contacts for more information. IEDC’s economic recovery program brochure can be accessed here.

Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas: Todd Lang,

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina: Dana Crater: Kentucky, Tennessee: Delaney Luna,

Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands: Zytha Kock,

County of Hawai’i, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Delaney Luna,

How Does It Work?

Your organization identifies a specific need. IEDC helps develop a scope of work and identifies an IEDC volunteer(s) with matching skills to work with you on-site or via advisory calls and virtual engagements.

The volunteer expert(s) can help with such activities as:

  • Advising and developing action plans for implementing economic recovery
  • E-commerce and virtual engagement strategies
  • Strategic planning and identifying an economic development vision for your community
  • Assessing economic diversification strategies
  • Advising on the creation of an economic development organization or program
  • Branding, communication and marketing strategies
  • Crisis communications strategies
  • Downtown and main street revitalization
  • Strengthening workforce development or entrepreneurship programs
  • Assisting with the development of small business finance tools
  • Assisting with strategies to help businesses reopen

Remote Services

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, IEDC has developed a range of remote technical assistance services in order to continue providing much-needed support to its program areas now facing dual disaster impacts. These include:

• Virtual Volunteer Assistance: IEDC matches a volunteer(s) to a project, who provides technical assistance through a series of advisory meetings (via phone or virtual platforms) and information sharing via email, etc. The volunteers typically can complete a 40 hour project over the span of the assignment.

  • Mentoring Sessions: Community partners can participate in virtual mentoring with experienced practitioners and consultants. Sessions are usually 90 minutes and address economic recovery or resilience topics specifically related to the partner organization’s situation.

  • Group Mentoring Sessions and Information Exchanges: Communities with similar interests or needs can participate in a larger, interactive mentoring session with an IEDC expert volunteer(s), and participate in facilitated information exchange sessions to share best practices and experiences.

  • Virtual Trainings: IEDC provides online training opportunities on a wide range of economic development topics, matching instructors and developing course materials to address the community’s recovery needs. These trainings can be developed for EDO staff, local leaders, or a wider range of economic development stakeholders, and incorporate a mix of presentations and interactive group exercises.

  • Webinars: IEDC develops regular webinars on economic recovery and resilience topics. In addition to content produced by subject matter experts and industry leaders, community partners have the opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other’s disaster recovery journeys.

  • Customized Research: Drawing on its clearinghouse library of economic development resources and the expertise of its staff and network, IEDC provides short-term research support on topics requested by the community.



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