The Katrina and Rita hurricanes of 2005 devastated many communities along the Gulf Coast. Homes and businesses, roads and bridges, and other important community facilities were destroyed. Many thousands of Gulf Coast residents were displaced, and there were enormous cleanup and recovery challenges.
The GulfGov project is assessing how well federal, state, and local institutions — including governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and civic leaders — respond to these challenges. The study area covers 32 sites (state and local governments and school districts) in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama; the sample includes both areas that suffered the highest levels of damage and those that were swamped with evacuees. The project examines two major concerns:
- What has happened to communities in the region — how their demographic and economic conditions changed, and
- How effective governments, businesses, and secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations are in meeting community needs.
Its reports provide valuable lessons and insights for dealing with future disasters.
Funding for the project has been provided by the Ford Foundation. The project team includes experts at research centers such as the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York, the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, and Jackson State University. Start-up funding for the project has been provided by the Ford Foundation.
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