The United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has a long history of successfully supporting disaster recovery and resiliency efforts. EDA’s role in disaster recovery is to facilitate the timely and effective delivery of Federal economic development assistance to support long-term community economic recovery planning and project implementation, redevelopment and resiliency.
EDA is uniquely positioned to coordinate regional disaster recovery efforts in partnership with its extensive network of Economic Development Districts (EDDs), University Centers, institutions of higher education and other partners in designated impact areas, such as the NEMO RPC.
On March 27, 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act into law. The CARES Act provides EDA with $ $1.467 billion available for grant making. On May, 7, 2020 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) would begin accepting applications from eligible grantees for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) supplemental funds (EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance) intended to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.
Examples of projects that EDA may fund through its CARES Act Recovery Assistance include economic recovery planning and preparing technical assistance strategies to address economic dislocations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, preparing or updating resiliency plans to respond to future pandemics, implementing entrepreneurial support programs to diversify economies, and constructing public works and facilities that will support economic recovery, including the deployment of broadband for purposes including supporting telehealth and remote learning for job skills.
As part of EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance, EDA is providing a supplemental financial assistance award to the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission, of Memphis, Missouri, to help them respond to the unusual and compelling urgency of the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the policy direction of the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission and Rural Development Commission (NEMO RPC/RDC) Executive Board, a Disaster Recovery Coordinator/ Project Assistant position was established in August of 2020 as a result of the successful EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance two-year grant. The office is responsible for primarily assisting in programs with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA), Missouri State Emergency Management Agency(SEMA), and the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administrative and technical activities for the Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission/Rural Development Corporation and Economic Development District (EDD).
The Disaster Recovery Coordinator will:
- Meet with cities and counties to determine needs or potential projects within the region.
- Organize critical community support.
- Make presentations before public bodies and community groups.
- Research and secure sources of pre-development, construction and permanent financing from public and private sources.
- Work with public agency staff to assure timely public review and approval including environmental and other entitlement reviews.
- Identify and write grant applications.
- Organize, coordinate, and document project activities.
- Prepare, update and adhere to project timelines and schedules.
- Perform outreach duties and public relations work as needed; attend community meetings, public hearings, and city council meetings.
- Undertake additional tasks assigned by the Executive Director.
In addition to the creation of the coordinator position, the funding can also help NEMO RPC:
- with the development of an economic recovery and resilience plan, tied to the applicant’s approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic;
- aid on the provision of technical assistance, as necessary, to local governments, businesses, and other stakeholder organizations;
- fund the appropriate technology and staff support for these pandemic-response activities