In the wake of the recent floods that severely impacted southern West Virginia the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The US Economic Development Administration (USEDA) began the process of engaging community stakeholders, local elected leaders, and economic development professionals about the need for long-term recovery plans. Discussion centered on not only short-term needs regarding the current disaster but also on how agencies can coordinate to strengthen the resiliency of communities that were already facing economic challenges and distress. Specific topics included how agencies cooperate during a disaster, how to leverage existing assets such as tourism, and the future of schools in relation to floodplains. The Region One and Region Four Planning and Development Councils were participants along with the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO), the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority (NRGRDA) and the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development (GVEDC). Meetings were held in Summersville and Lewisburg respectively.
Flood Recovery Guide for Businesses can be found here: https://issuu.com/nrgrda/docs/flood_resource_guide_for_businesses