Panel 1 - Economy RSF

Report
Economic Recovery Support
Function
Overview
July 2014
WHAT IS THE ECONOMIC RSF?
 The mission of the Economic RSF is to integrate the expertise of the
Federal government to help local, state, and tribal governments and the
private sector sustain and/or rebuild businesses and employment, and
develop economic opportunities that result in sustainable and
economically resilient communities, after significant natural and manmade disasters.
 Key role for Economic RSF is to facilitate economic recovery, not drive it.
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ECONOMIC RECOVERY CONCEPTS
 Fundamental economic recovery concepts:
 Investment of time, energy, and resources pre-disaster is key.
 Integrating resiliency planning into economic, workforce, and
community development could yield benefits pre- and post-disaster.
 Primacy of private sector, as well as state/local government, in
defining and implementing economic recovery.
 Post-disaster economic recovery initiatives should consider and
address the unique needs of the community. Some could include,
but are not limited to:
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Community Planning
Cash Flow
Business Resumption
Finance and Insurance
Workforce Development
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Economic Development
Small Business
Marketing and Communications
Assessment and Evaluation
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WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE RSF?
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Federal Partners:
– Coordinating Agency
• Department of Commerce/Economic Development Administration
(DOC/EDA)
– Primary Agencies:
• Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management
Agency (DHS/FEMA)
• Department of Labor (DOL)
• Small Business Administration (SBA)
• Department of the Treasury (TREAS)
• U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
– Supporting Organizations:
• Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
• Department of Interior (DOI)
• Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
• Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
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WHO IS INCLUDED IN THE RSF? (CONT.)
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Federal Partners:
– Additional Agencies with ad hoc engagement:
• Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
• Appalachian Regional Commission
• Delta Regional Authority
Common State/Regional/Private Sector Partners:
– Economic development organizations
- State taxation and revenue
agencies
– Workforce development organizations
- Elected officials
– Chambers of commerce
- Planning organizations
– Development authorities
- Community development
– Utilities
organizations
– Institutions of higher education
- Critical infrastructure
owners/operators
– Regional planning commissions
- Other?
– Councils of government
– Economic Development Districts
– Financial institutions
– State insurance agencies
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WHERE HAS THE RSF BEEN UTILIZED?
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Tennessee – 2010 - Flooding
Gulf Coast– 2010 – BP Oil Spill
Alabama -2011 – Tornadoes
New York – 2011 – Hurricane/TS
Vermont – 2011 – Hurricane/TS
Joplin, MO – 2011 – EF5 Tornado
Louisiana – 2012 – Hurricane Isaac
Ocean City, NJ
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Nationwide- 2012 – Drought
NY/NJ – 2012 – Hurricane/TS
Oklahoma – 2013 - EF5 Tornadoes
Colorado – 2013 – Flooding
Alaska – 2014 – Flooding
Arkansas – 2014 – Tornadoes
Vermont
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WHAT DOES THE RSF DO FOR COMMUNITIES AND STATES?
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The RSF can execute its mission in focusing on three basic steps:
– Conduct a Mission Scoping Assessment – In partnership with the state,
capture the overarching issues as it relates to economic recovery
– Develop a Recovery Support Strategy – In partnership with the state,
document the federal capabilities available to be leveraged to support
economic recovery.
– Implement the Recovery Support Strategy – Undertake those initiatives
identified in the Recovery Support Strategy and work with the state to
facilitate the transition to steady-state operations.
RSF activities fall into three major categories:
– Technical assistance – (e.g. Peer-to-Peer Tourism Workshop, procurement
events)
– Information sharing – (e.g. connecting the dots between disparate data
sources, impact assessments)
– Leveraging existing resources – (e.g. working with federal program staff to
retool planned initiatives to also support immediate recovery needs)
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HOW DOES THE RSF EXECUTE THE MISSION?
• When activated, the RSF team serves as a gap-filler, focused on facilitating
information sharing (coordination), problem solving, and providing
technical assistance.
RSF Agencies
Perform Core
Mission
RSF Team
Pushes
Information and
Data Sharing
RSF Team
Connects Needs
with Resources
RSF Team
Provides Direct
Technical
Assistance
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EXTENDING THE NDRF/RSF MODEL – LESSONS OBSERVED
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If the NDRF (from a Federal perspective) is focused on supporting state/community
driven recovery, how can the State/community integrate?
Possible Actions:
– Align a similar structure for post-disaster recovery
• Establish state-level NDRF plans with RSF annexes
• Build new public/private partnerships
– Adapt existing structures to interface with the Federal structure
• Map existing planning and coordination efforts with the “best fit” in the NDRF
• Build on existing public/private partnerships
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Design Factors:
– Establish a process and designate authorities to collect, aggregate, and communicate
impact information
– Anticipate timing challenges
– Exercise leadership pre-disaster
– Establish clear expectations
– Expect resource limitations
SUSTAINABILITY AND INTEGRATION
• Establishing an RSF-type structure for recovery has strengths
– Recognizes that implementing recovery is not a command and control
operation – it’s a matrix leadership model
– Capitalizes on the assets, knowledge, and resources of a far broader set of
organizations (not typically engaged in recovery)
– Establishes efficiencies of scale that might be lost if multiple organizations
pursued their own recovery strategies
• Establishing an RSF-type structure for recovery has vulnerabilities
– With so many partners, maintaining a cohesive leadership core can be a
challenge (and political)
– Partners with relatively small roles may have difficulty seeing the return on
their involvement
– Recovery is long term (really long term), maintaining energy and focus for the
long haul can be daunting for many
ECONOMIC RSF CONTACT INFORMATION
Economic RSF National Coordinator
Joshua Barnes
EDA Disaster Recovery Coordinator
[email protected]
202-482-2453
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