State and federal agencies assessing Suncoast’s needs after Ian

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NORTH PORT, Fla. (WWSB) – State and federal agencies met in North Port Monday to assess the needs of Suncoast counties in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.

The City of North Port hosted the Economic Recovery and Resilience Workshop on Monday to discuss economic stability and growth in areas such as transportation and stormwater management infrastructure for Sarasota, Charlotte Counties and Manatee.

“Critical infrastructure in our city and this region … needs to be addressed to improve resilience,” City Manager Jerome Fletcher said. “Strengthening our infrastructure to withstand heavy rains and powerful storms has a direct impact on economic stability and growth in any region.”

Participating agencies included:

  • US Economic Development Administration
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • US Department of the Interior
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Enterprise Florida, Inc.

“This workshop will help the region prioritize disaster recovery projects to propose for long-term disaster relief funding,” said Greg Vaday, EDA’s Economic Development Representative for Florida.

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