Hurricane Michael left indelible impacts on businesses throughout the Florida Panhandle. Local economic development organizations and regional planning councils are collaborating on a post-disaster assessment to determine local business recovery needs and develop long-term strategies to foster a more resilient economy.
To assist in identifying recovery priorities, business owners are asked to participate in a voluntary needs assessment, which will be open from February 15 to March 15. The assessment is being conducted for the region by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) – a 92-year-old independent nonprofit with disaster recovery expertise – with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Businesses can complete the assessment online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MichaelImpacts. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Data and opinions gathered will be anonymous and used to inform support organizations, such as regional planning councils, chambers of commerce, and economic development organizations about the services and programs needed to support local business recovery. Individual business information will remain strictly confidential and data will only be shared in aggregate in a final report to local stakeholders. However, through the assessment, business owners can request to be contacted by local economic development support organizations for follow-up assistance.