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CAPCOG uses EDA funding for new disaster recovery, resiliency projects

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

CAPCOG is taking on two projects; one that will support the region’s over-all disaster resiliency, and one that will help stimulate economic activity for jurisdictions within the Hurricane Harvey FEMA disaster declaration.

Using U.S. Department of Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant funds, CAPCOG will work with jurisdictions in Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee and Fayette counties to identify economic development opportunities that either aid in their economic recovery from the effects of Hurricane Harvey or improve their economic resiliency. CAPCOG will help navigate such economic projects from ideas to fruition by connecting them with the appropriate funding mechanism. EDA, whose regional office is in Austin, has been awarded a large amount of supplemental disaster recovery funding to be allocated in Harvey-affected areas. 

Within the same EDA grant, CAPCOG will launch a regional GIS portal allowing emergency response personnel to access regional data sets in a live and secure environment. The portal will allow for jurisdictions to share mapping data as quickly as it is developed, making it easier to respond and recover from disasters that cross jurisdictional boundaries. The project will enhance the capabilities of WebEOC, a virtual tool used by emergency personnel to share incident information across jurisdictions and track the allocation of local resources, by providing more robust mapping data to the communication tool.

> Read about the CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development Division.

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