CGA developed a regional post-disaster economic redevelopment plan for the metro Orlando area and the surrounding six-county region of East Central Florida. This project brought together emergency management professionals, economic development councils, and key business organizations and identified goals and issues facing the region in the post disaster environment. The planning process involved several structured working sessions using prepared discussion material that guided stakeholders in developing goals and issues for recovery as well as building greater economic resiliency. The process also involved analysis of existing plans such as the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Plan and other plans developed by MyRegion.org which is a regional economic development visioning organization. CGA researched and analyzed various economic data and performed an Economic Impact Analysis that included an examination of various interdependencies, diversity of core economic bases, and industries that are particularly vulnerable to business interruption.
Based on the goals developed by the stakeholders, CGA formulated an Action Matrix that the regional and local stakeholders can do, both prior to and following a disaster, to rebuild a strong regional economy. The plan provides guidance, processes, and actions for business and government leaders to rapidly restore economic vitality following a disaster. It also details an organizational framework for coordinated decision-making and information exchange during the difficult and often chaotic disaster recovery period.
To further facilitate information sharing during the course of the project, CGA developed and maintained a Sharepoint website. This site was used to share various materials such as plan drafts, discussion guidance material, meeting agendas and minutes, research resources and literature reviews, website resources, and other project information. This project, as well as CGA’s other work in long-term post disaster redevelopment planning is receiving national attention as potential models for future efforts in this area.
East Central Florida
Regional Planning Council
Economic Redevelopment Planning