Investing in Communities After Disasters

A Session Delivered at the 10th Annual Building Resilience Through Private-Public Partnerships Conference

Federal funding can provide critical aid to communities after disasters occur, but state and local government leaders face challenges in organizing and distributing these funds, including adhering to very specific and evolving reporting requirements, identifying populations that are most in need of aid, and allocating funding in a timely manner. In this session, state and local government leaders share tips and key takeaways from navigating the distribution of federal COVID-19 relief funding.


  •  Annette Guzman, Director of Budget and Management Services, Cook County Government
  • Douglas Farnham, Chief Operational Officer, State of Vermont
  • Khalil Rahal, Assistant County Executive, Wayne County


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