Our Region is resilient and adaptive to economic downturns, natural disasters, and new opportunities.
The region has an established tradition of bouncing back stronger from natural and man-made disasters. The GCEDD region is vulnerable to hurricanes, flooding, drought, and wildfires, as well as impacts from national and global economic crises. Reducing our vulnerability, where possible, to these events and speeding the rate of recovery will improve our safety and quality of life, as well as our ability to attract new residents and businesses.
Structural solutions – like dikes, flood gates and major drainage improvements will be needed to protect key assets, but their high cost means that this approach must be carefully targeted. Using the natural landscape to absorb the floodwaters and storm surge and being wiser about how and where we build to reduce our vulnerability, are less expensive approaches that can be applied more broadly. This section provides strategies on how the region can better plan for future events, adapt to changing conditions, and recover after an event.
- Support an analysis of regional and county-level economies to determine gaps and opportunities in diversification. Assist areas that may be over-dependent on single industries and help focus on supporting/incentivizing emerging industries.
- Support an education campaign targeting community and elected leaders on the importance of retaining and expanding existing businesses/sectors.
- Support the development of a regional toolkit to capitalize on future growth sectors, such as outdoor recreation, tourism, local food production, and many others.
- Support local governments in conducting economic vulnerability assessments, including vulnerability to natural disasters.