Reports

Maryland Economic Resilience and
Disaster Recovery (Sep. 2021)

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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 (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.

Southern California Thomas Fire (Jan. 2019)

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.

Video Spotlight:

Hurricane Harvey (2019)