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Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: New Orleans' Economic Recovery Story


Date Published: May 2014


This case study describes how four organizations – Greater New Orleans, Inc., The Idea Village, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Downtown Development District of New Orleans – banded together after the New Orleans region was hit hard by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike and used EDA funding to diversify the economy by capitalizing on its unique competitive advantages, including its vibrant downtown and creative culture.

Keywords: disaster recovery; disaster resiliency; case study; downtown; economic development; EDA; resilience; entrepreneurship; implementation; regional planning; small businesses; case study

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