Economic Assessment Reports Released; Economic Solutions Team Support Gulf Coast Communities
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Over the summer, the National Incident Command-Economic Solutions Team lead 21 economic development and assessment teams throughout the Gulf, including Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. Their findings informed Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus' report, "America's Gulf Coast: A Long Term Recovery Plan After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill". In October, each county/parish received their 'draft' Economic Development Assessment report.
In August 2010, multiple teams comprised of federal agency representatives, economic development organizations and experts in economic development deployed to the Gulf Coast region to conduct a series of economic development needs assessments in 19 counties affected by the oil spill. These trips followed the completion of two "pilot" trips in June and July. This effort is part of the Obama administration's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and was carried out through the National Incident Command, Economic Solutions Team. A grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration was awarded to the International Economic Development Council to assist in conducting the assessments. Read more.