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"Disaster Recovery and Puerto Rico’s Small Non-Profits" by Ivis Garcia Zambrana

Event Details

September 17, 2020
4:00 pm-5:00 pm


Free admission
Stacy Richardson

"Capacity-Building and Networking among Puerto Rico’s Small Non-Profits in Disaster Recovery," a Zube Lecture by Ivis Garcia Zambrana, Assistant Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning, The University of Utah.

Thursday, 9/17/2020. 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET.
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In recent years, the government of Puerto Rico published several plans that provide a framework for post-disaster economic recovery: Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation: An Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan for Puerto Rico; Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery Action Plan. These plans detail Hurricane Irma's and Maria's estimated damage, provide an allocation plan for funds received or expected from the federal government, and total nearly $100 billion over the next decade.

This combined post-disaster planning and federal funding for economic recovery offer Puerto Rico a unique opportunity to restore its economy and infrastructure in a more resilient fashion. However, such an opportunity hinges on the capacity of the civic sector to join government efforts in planning and implementing a comprehensive recovery program.

This presentation provides an evidence-based assessment of the nonprofit sector's capacity (i.e., small non-profits) to become an active participant in Puerto Rico's recovery and, more generally, to take advantage of this window of opportunity to strengthen the island's community development industry.

Ivis Garcia Zambrana is an Assistant Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. Dr. Garcia chairs Planners for Puerto Rico-a group of academic and practitioner planners from ACSP, APA, FEMA, CENTRO, UPR, and Society for Puerto Rican Planners-among others that are collaborating in recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Maria and Irma. She also involved with the National Puerto Rican Agenda, the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition of the National Low-income Housing Coalition, and Centro's IDEAComún all of which promote Puerto Rico's recovery. Dr. Garcia has a PhD in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The Zube Lecture Series is named for Erv Zube, former head of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from 1974 to 1980. His research made numerous seminal contributions to landscape planning theory and practice. Erv and his wife Margaret endowed at UMass in 2004 to “bring scholars to the department to stimulate and enrich our academic community in landscape architecture and planning." The Zube endowment has been supported generously by alumni, students and faculty.