WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $720,000 grant to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) to hire a local disaster recovery manager to develop and implement plans to support disaster recovery in the region. The disaster recovery manager will assist in economic and social recovery efforts from the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes that devastated Montgomery County.
“I saw firsthand the damage from these storms – and I also saw how the community and the whole state came together,” said Brown. “I’m proud of the collaborative efforts of the EDA and MVRPC for the community. Our office stands ready to provide whatever assistance we can as the new disaster recovery manager implements and oversees the disaster recovery network task force.”
The disaster recovery manager will work alongside community members, including regional partners, local businesses, and economic development organizations, to develop a strategy to address workforce depletion as a result of the recent tornadoes. This project will help Montgomery County prepare for the economic impacts of future disasters, and encourage business and social recovery in the area.