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September 2019

Spotlight: Congress Allocates $587 Million to EDA to Assist Communities Impacted by 2018-2019 Natural Disasters

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Homes damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018

In August, EDA announced that it published its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by Presidentially declared natural disasters in 2018, and floods and tornadoes in 2019. This funding will support disaster recovery activities in areas receiving a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Lane, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut, wildfires, and other calendar year 2018 disasters, and floods and tornadoes in calendar year 2019.

This funding is in addition to the $587 million that Congress appropriated to EDA last year (FY 2018) to support local plans and activities to recover – and grow back stronger – following major disasters that occurred in calendar year 2017.

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

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

Hurricane Harvey severely damaged Port Aransas, TX in August 2017.The city's largest employer, the University of Texas (UT) Marine Science Institute, sustained more than $45 million in damage.

On August 1, Deputy Assistant Secretary Dennis Alvord announced a $5 million EDA grant to UT-Austin to renovate the Marine Science Institute Campus and help establish the Center for Coastal Ocean Science. The grant is being matched with $1.25 million in local investment.

The project will help repair multiple buildings that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey and allow for the installation of a new seawater system to support the campus in the event of future severe weather.

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Highlight: Universities of Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands Sign Historic Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Economic Resilience and Leverage Each Institution’s Capabilities

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UPR President Dr. Jorge Haddock-Acevedo and UVI President Dr. David Hall signing historic MOU in San Juan

On August 8, 2019, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen recovery initiatives in the Caribbean Region after the devastating impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. The signing of this MOU is an example and a direct result of the commitment that EDA has with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and will maximize available resources and efforts that can lead both islands toward essential workforce and economic development.

The event took place at the UPR Molecular Science and Research Building in San Juan. UPR President Dr. Jorge Haddock-Acevedo signed the MOU on behalf of UPR, and UVI President Dr. David Hall signed the MOU on behalf of UVI. The MOU will “enable the collaboration between the two institutions in furtherance of conducting joint and shared research in areas that are germane to the growth, development, resiliency, and sustainability of both institutions and surrounding communities.”

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National Preparedness Month (NPM)

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National Preparedness Month 2019 Logo

Sponsored by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NPM is recognized every September and provides an opportunity to remind all Americans that we must prepare ourselves now and throughout the year for natural disasters. NPM promotes family and community disaster and emergency preparation. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.”


Success Stories

Check out EDA’s disaster-related success stories and see media coverage on EDA disaster projects.


Review of DOC Policy in Opportunity Zones

EDA is seeking public comment on how the Federal government can better align economic development programs to increase investment in economically distressed communities including qualified Opportunity Zones. View Request For Information in the Federal Register and submit your comments today.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) received $50 million in the emergency supplemental appropriation to establish the Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund (ECRF)" in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ECRF was established to increase the resilience of coastal communities located within federally declared disaster areas impacted by hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoon Yutu and wildfires in 2018. The fund supports projects that strengthen natural systems at a scale that will protect coastal communities from the future impacts of storms, floods and other natural hazards and therefore be safer and more economically viable.


EDA in the News!

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$3 Million for Post-Maria Business Workshops in Opportunity Zones
The Weekly Journal (8/28/2019)

Grant awarded for coal innovation center
Laramie Boomerang (8/31/19)

Delaware Tech breaks ground on $5.4 million vehicle Center of Excellence on Georgetown campus
Delaware Business Now (8/30/2019)

U.S. Department of Commerce invests to expand Missouri State business incubator
Missouri State News (8/28/2019)

Agnes Street Extension paves way for Seton Hospital in Bastrop
Statesman.com (8/22/2019)

EDA invests 880,000 to establish center for cyber security training at Rose State
Pawhuska Journal-Capital (8/15/2019)

U.S. Department of Commerce invests to support food processing sector in Pasco
Fox41 (8/8/2019)

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