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September 2017

Spotlight: Restoring Communities That Face Disaster: EDA Leadership, Tools and Resources

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Photo by: FEMA News - August 30, 2017
Members of FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force One (NE TF1) perform one of many water rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and families so deeply impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

EDA Regional Offices that serve the impacted areas are working closely with Economic Development Districts (EDDs), federal, state and local officials and other partners to accelerate economic recovery from the disaster.

At EDA, we have a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. Our role is to help facilitate the timely and effective delivery of federal economic development assistance to support long-term community economic recovery planning and project implementation, redevelopment and resiliency.

EDA is positioned to coordinate regional disaster recovery efforts in partnership with its extensive network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs), University Centers, institutions of higher education and other partners in impacted areas.

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Success Story: Economic Disaster Recovery – The Calm after the Storm

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Disaster Recovery save lives and fosters innovation in economically distressed communities.

When devastating events wreak havoc on lives and communities, EDA has been there to aid those affected by a disaster.

The following success story shows how EDA’s role in helping Louisiana respond to recent flooding has made them more resilient:

Louisiana Flooding

Louisiana endured two devastating floods in 2016. Torrential rains in March and August resulted in rivers reaching historic flood levels throughout the state. 57 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes were impacted, with an estimated combined 26,000 businesses affected, including an estimated $367 million in agriculture losses.

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Highlight: Local, State and Federal Agencies Coming Together on New Regional Watershed Approach

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State of Louisiana

EDA joined federal, state and non-profit partners at the Louisiana Resilient Recovery program’s kick-off meeting this August in Lafayette.

Coordinated by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and supported by FEMA and the National Disaster Recovery Framework, the program focuses on flood mitigation.

During this meeting, it was agreed that the three most affected regions of the 23 Louisiana watersheds will take a regional rather than local approach for the first time to reduce risk from flooding. The first coordinated effort is underway in the Vermillion river watershed in Louisiana’s Acadiana region. At the request of state and regional officials, the Economic Recovery Support Function (ERSF) is supporting this effort by developing a model to project the impact of public investments in resilience efforts, particularly in terms of mitigating the economic impact such disasters.

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Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website for the most up-to-date information on disasters impacting the nation, safety tips, and how to help.

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As part of the national Ready Campaign, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ad Council invite families to create emergency plans with new online videos and PSAs. For more information visit:


and download the FEMA app.


EDA in the News!

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Buckeyes Manufacturing New Program to Train Next Generation
(Industry Week – 8/14/2017)

Swift Factory Project Gets $2.8M Federal Grant To Spur Jobs
(Hartford Courant-8/11/2017)

Decherd plans $11.3 million sewer upgrade
(Chattanooga Times Free Press 8/11/2017)

Port of Chehalis officially awarded a $2.8M grant
(The Daily World 8/29/17)

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EDA has a new informational brochure!
Check out the e-version here.

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EDA is proud of our grantees' accomplishments! Read some of their successes stories and follow this link to submit your story:

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EDA Deputy Assistant Secretary Dennis Alvord and President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Jeff Finkle at the 2017 SelectUSA Summit

Small businesses in Baltimore, Md., are getting a much needed boost as a result of a $110,000 EDA Local Technical Assistance (PDF) grant awarded in 2016 to help the Baltimore City Department of Planning launch its Made in Baltimore program.

Read more: Made In Baltimore: A Renewed Sense of Hometown Pride

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