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Lessons from the Storm: Case Studies on Economic Recovery and Resilience: Southwest Arkansas


Date Published: October 2013


This series highlights how regional development organizations have used 2008 disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to address the impacts of natural disasters, become more resilient to future events, and increase long-term economic competitiveness and quality of life in their regions.  The first case study describes the Southwest Arkansas Planning and Development District’s efforts to create a comprehensive database of business and infrastructure information that will help its partner communities prepare for and rebound from future natural disasters.

Keywords: disaster recovery; disaster resiliency; case study; economic development; EDA; Economic Development Districts; implementation; infrastructure; rural areas; small towns and tribes; business

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  • National Association of Development Organizations
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