According to EDA, “while there is no universal blueprint for building regional economic resilience, the following items may help in establishing a general framework or identifying specific activities/projects: 

  • Identify persistent economic challenges or deficiencies. 
  • Prepare for disruptions by identifying “early-warning” tools. 
  • Build mechanisms that create flexibility. 
  • Promote a positive vision for the region.”1

Sector Specific Resiliency Themes

A resilient system is prepared for and can withstand and prevent negative impacts from an unplanned event, such as a pandemic or other natural disaster. Resiliency themes emerged during discussions with local officials and community members. There are ways in which the GRADD region can be more prepared and adaptable during future economic disturbances. The themes for each sector analyzed in this plan are found here.