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Stories of successful disaster recovery and resiliency activities from multiple disaster years.


Recovering from Harvey: EDA Leads Coordination of Federal Resources

Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana in August of 2017, bringing category 4 winds and catastrophic flooding along the coastline, primarily affecting Rockport, Houston, and Beaumont

January 2021

Texas Council of Governments worked with EDA to create regionally-specific workshops for recovery coordination


EDA Investment Advances Locally-Driven Strategy to Establish Flood-Resilient Business Sites in Viroqua, Wisconsin

The new Viroqua Business District is nearly complete and an agreement was finalized in August to welcome its first new business.

September 2020

Viroqua Business Park site


U.S. Economic Development Administration Supports Disaster-Impacted Missouri Businesses and Communities in Times of Need

Missouri has a history of severe storms, including flooding, damaging wind events, winter storms, ice storms, droughts, and wildfires, and has been impacted by federally declared disasters more than 30 times from 1998-2018.

February 2020

Deputy Assistant Secretary Dennis Alvord announces EDA grant to UT-Austin, in Port Aransas, TX


Success Story: EDA Invests in Recovery of University of Texas at Austin’s Marine Science Institute After Hurricane Harvey Damage

“The Lone Star State is grateful to our federal partners for their assistance in rebuilding and repairing UT Austin’s Marine Science Institute Campus in Port Aransas,” said Governor Abbott.

September 2019

Deputy Assistant Secretary Dennis Alvord announces EDA grant to UT-Austin, in Port Aransas, TX


EDA University Center at the University of Puerto Rico helps promote resilient jobs in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

September 20, 2017 is a day that forever changed the lives of people in Puerto Rico. As Hurricane Maria made landfall and wreaked havoc upon the Island, countless number of people lost their homes and jobs.

May 2019

Workers at Puerto Rico Industries for the Blind


Collaborative Efforts in California Turn Wildfire Devastation Into Economic Growth

Like the Phoenix rising from the burning flames to restore and make anew, so have local efforts in California help turn destruction into prosperity.

March 2019

Exterior, Calaveras Business Resource Center


Success Story: EDA’s Investment in Choctaw Nation Supports Development of Drone Testing Program, Attracting New Business and Private Investment to the Area

The Choctaw Nation is a Native American territory and Indian Tribe represented in 11 counties in Oklahoma. Between 2014 and 2016, the Choctaw Nation and surrounding region was affected by three federally-declared natural disasters.

February 2019

Choctaw Nation Drone Testing


EDA Investment Relocates Wastewater Treatment Plant, Protects Iowa City Water Supply from Future Floods

In June of 2008, surges in the Iowa River leading into Iowa City prevented access to the downtown area causing significant impact to the local business community. The river remained above flood stage for 32 consecutive days halting commerce and transportation in the region for weeks. The flood damage resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private damage in Iowa City.

November 2018

Picture of flooded Iowa City, IA North Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Source: Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management)


EDA Invests in the IEDC Volunteer Assistance Program to Help Communities Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Immediately following the impact of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has stated was “the most significant tropical cyclone rainfall event” in U.S. history with up to 48-60 inches of rain and estimated damage of $125 billion, EDA’s Austin Regional Office invested $175,000 in the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Volunteer Assistance Program to help impacted communities.

October 2018

Debris in the wake of a hurricane


One Year After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Long-Term Recovery Planning Activity Boosts Puerto Rico’s Economic Development

One year after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, much is still being done to rebuild and revitalize the communities that suffered from the storms.

September 2018

Debris in the wake of a hurricane
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