Serving DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee and Polk Counties

Post Disaster Recovery

The Central Florida Regional Planning Council received an Economic Development Assistance Program grant beginning February 1, 2018.  The grant provides the Council with a position to manage the Post Disaster Recovery Program.  The scope of work includes, but not limited to:

  • Convening and facilitating meetings of key players in the recovery process to aid in prioritizing, aligning, and coordinating resources/assets;
  • Providing direct assistance to navigate and leverage local, state, federal, and other resources;
  • Convening and sharing of findings and best practices related to needs and resiliency;
  • Best practices and strategies will be integrated into the development of the CEDS for the region; and
  • Inform programs and plans to make our region better equipped for the next disaster.

The Economic Development Administration, in partnership with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and the International Economic Development Council, hosted two workshops, one in Highlands County and one in Polk County.

Highlands County Workshop

February 15, 2018 (6:30am till 8:00am):

“Business Continuity in the Face of Disaster Recovery Workshop for Business Leaders”

This workshop provided a chance to connect with experts at the Small Business Development Council or U.S. Small Business Administration and fellow business leaders, hear about the essentials of business continuity, and learn about the various types of support that is available for businesses in the area.

Workshop Flyer:

Business Leaders - Sebring

Workshop Presentation:

Florida SBDC Business Continuity Workshop - USF

Polk County Workshop

February 15, 2018 (9:30am till 4:30pm):

“Economic Recovery and Resiliency Efforts following Hurricane Irma Workshop for Community Leaders”

This workshop provided a chance to network with other local and regional leaders and to understand more about how you can be most effective in supporting local economic recovery from Hurricane Irma in Highlands County and Polk County. The workshop was especially useful for people in community leadership positions, whether elected or appointed, and provided inspiring examples from communities around the country that have experienced and recovered from disasters.

Workshop Flyer:

Local Leaders – Winter Haven

Workshop Presentations: