Madison (WKOW) -- From WI Governor: Governor Jim Doyle announced Friday that the Wisconsin Department of Commerce has received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide technical assistance to counties that were declared a disaster after this summer's floods.
Assistance will primarily be targeted to counties that are not within existing EDA-funded districts, including Sauk, Columbia, Dodge, Washington, Ozaukee, Dane, Jefferson, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Rock, Racine, and Kenosha counties.
"Wisconsin's people and communities reacted to the natural disasters this summer with spirit, hard work and generosity," Governor Doyle said. "I'm pleased to announce additional federal funds to help southern Wisconsin recover from widespread flood damage. This grant will supplement efforts already underway to help us recover from the effects of the flooding."
"This investment will allow the Wisconsin Department of Commerce to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy and to hire flood coordinators, assess damage and needs, coordinate regional initiatives, develop marketing strategies, and provide technical assistance to the business community," said EDA Director of Public Affairs Kelly A. O'Brien.
Commerce will use the majority of the EDA funds to hire the staff necessary to assist communities facing extreme economic hardship due to the extensive flooding.
Flood Recovery Coordinators will work with affected communities, businesses and regions to support recovery strategies that help these communities and businesses restore their operations and prepare for future opportunities.