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, 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.

Read the report here:
Inspiring Thomas Fire Recovery Case Study
Read our latest report on small town recovery here:

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