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

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2 EDA Grants to Savanna, Illinois, Spur Manufacturing Investment and Job Creation

About 10 years ago, the city of Savanna, Illinois, faced two economic development hurdles.

The first was a three-quarter-mile, pot-holed-filled street, called Wacker Road, that rumbled as trucks passed a school and homes to get to industrial businesses. The second was a dilapidated wastewater treatment plant that was built so close to the Mississippi River that it flooded frequently and caused back-ups across the city.

March 1, 2022

Brayton Point Power Station (Somerset, Massachusetts)

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After Reoccurring Flooding, Moberly, Missouri, Business Owners to See Relief

Running a small business can be challenging. Owners often wear multiple hats, performing customer service and human resources, conducting bookkeeping, and providing maintenance and sanitation. Business owners in downtown Moberly, Missouri have an extra layer of stress worrying that each time it rains, their business could flood again. A 2019 disaster supplemental grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is helping to change all that.

May 12, 2021

Encore Moberly is women's clothing boutique in downtown Moberly, Missouri

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EDA Supports Mendocino County’s Independent Retailers Transition to Digital Economy

Straddling a winding section of California’s “Lost Coast,” Mendocino County is a picturesque, semi-rural region known for its dozens of wineries and microbreweries, as well as a stunning natural landscape that makes it a popular weekend destination for residents of nearby San Francisco.

April 21, 2021

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

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"Completely Different" - EDA's Locally-Driven Approach To Development Supports Butte County, California's Recovery From Wildfire

California has experienced its share of disasters. Nearly a dozen major earthquakes have rocked the Golden State in the last decade, and fires, flooding, and adverse weather events are a fact of life on the Pacific coast. But nothing could completely prepare California for the destruction wrought by the Camp Fire.

February 2021

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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