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Blue Economy Trends, Opportunities, and Recommendations (Mar. 2023)

Blue Economy Report

On March 22, 2023, ISD and SACC-USA released a report analyzing the value, growth, and opportunities of more than fifteen maritime industries. With the frequency, magnitude, and costs of water-based and man-made disasters increasing, this report emphasizes the need for blue innovation in climate change discourse and provides cross-sector and cross-industry recommendations for putting water-based research and development at the top of the agenda for climate technology and innovation.

Report made possible through the generous contributions of the U.S. Embassy in Sweden, Hummeltorp Sverige AB, and other supporters of ISD and SACC-USA.

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Available for free download:

Full Report
Executive Summary

Together for Los Angeles Report #2 (Jun. 2022)

TFLA Report #2

On June 24, 2022, the Together for Los Angeles (TFLA) collaborative for small business recovery met with key LA stakeholders like small businesses, community leaders, and philanthropy to discuss the needs, solutions, and future of small business resiliency in LA. ISD released the second TFLA report capturing the top technical assistance priorities for LA's small business ecosystem, as well as the network of small business and nonprofit services in LA. Collaborative and report made possible by the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund. Learn more at


Maryland Economic Resilience and
Disaster Recovery (Sep. 2021)

Maryland Report
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On September 9, 2021, ISD and the Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) convened local and regional leaders to discuss how to connect the dots between economic development and emergency management in Maryland, as well as for a table-top exercise on disaster recovery. Top findings and takeaways from a year-long webinar and research series can be found in our report. Made possible by the generous support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Together for Los Angeles #1 (Dec. 2020)


On December 9, 2020, ISD and collaborators released a report with findings on the small business response to COVID-19 in the County and City of Los Angeles. This report was the result of collaboration between the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, LISC LA, LA County Economic Development Corporation, and the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with the generous support of Wells Fargo. Learn more at

Southern California Thomas Fire (Jan. 2019)

SoCal Thomas Fire

On January 11, 2019, almost a year to the day after the end of the Thomas Fire, ISD released its first report on lessons learned about small business recovery with the generous support of Wells Fargo. Findings include:

  • The surge of emergency funds, insurance pay-outs, and public assistance funding can make a local economy look like it’s doing well, but one time repairs can disguise the weakness of the underlying “normal” economy.

  • Resilience and recovery funds can help small businesses bridge the transition period until regular customer patterns are restored.

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Hurricane Harvey (2019)

Hurricane Harvey
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