Indiana – How NOT to do recovery

Indiana

Millions intended for natural disaster relief instead spent on technology and industrial parks. A second article on the same topic is here: Disaster Aid Spending Analyzed. July 23.

The focus of this article is on economic development projects that had little or nothing to do with the damage done by a disaster.  If someone from Indiana wants to provide additional details or another perspective, please contact me.

ADDENDUM: It appears that federal funds for economic development were spent without regard for the local flood exposure and risk. Since the community did not get a disaster declaration, it is not out of compliance with the mitigation requirements of a declaration.

2 thoughts on “Indiana – How NOT to do recovery

  1. EDA’s money is to help economic recovery. It appears that that is what they’ve done. I’m not sure what you think is blameworthy – or who you think is to blame. EDA is doing what they’re supposed to do with this funding, so they aren’t at fault. Congress gave them the money to spend on economic recovery – is Congress at fault (of course, with this Congress, this may amount to a gimme!)? I can’t speak with surety, but usually the state is not involved very much in EDA funding, so it’s hard to say that the state is at fault. And clearly the area’s economy took a hit, so spending on economic development seems a reasonable, perhaps an enlightened, thing to do. Where’s the beef?

    • You make some valid points, John. I think that that article does not tell the whole story. It appears that the use of the EDA funds is appropriate. Since the community did not get a disaster declaration, they are not out of compliance with the requirements of a declaration. The prospect exists that more attention should have been given to flood mitigation, since flooks are a threat to the community.

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