In response to the massive and widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to form the Recovery Task Force based on the FEMA National Disaster Recovery Framework.
Survey the immediate, short-term, and long-term needs of Lee County.
Identify and engage key partners to address the needs of the community.
Develop viable, feasible, desirable, and actionable solutions to meet those needs.
Maximize funding resources available and recommend policies necessary to implement those solutions.
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VISION FOR RESILIENCY - RECOVERY TASK FORCE
The purpose of convening this regional Task Force is to collaborate as a community, combining efforts to recover and rebuild in a resilient manner. Initially, the Recovery Task Force will review and endorse priorities for consideration by the State Legislature and provide a unified voice for the interests of Lee County and its residents, businesses, and nonprofits.
The Recovery Task Force is comprised of 8 branches that bring together public, private, and non-profit sector subject matter experts. These branches will review research, data, and analysis from initial and ongoing community engagement and confirm findings. Branches will identify solutions and engage key partners who may have insight on how to address issues.
Planning and Capacity
As the County recovers, it is critical to build plans that account for livability, choice, and access for all. The Planning and Capacity Branch will work to ensure County plans address where people live, work, and play while strengthening the community to be healthy, resilient, and safe for residents and businesses
Ensuring residents can re-establish businesses and provide the goods and services that make our County a vibrant place to visit, work and live is a key priority. The focus of the Economic Recovery Branch is to coordinate with the County’s public, private, and non-profit efforts to develop a long-term vision for our local economy.
EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE
Providing educational opportunities for residents of all ages – from access to higher education to job training for career changers - is essential for promoting a productive and dynamic workforce. The Education and Workforce Branch will help ensure educational opportunities serve the current Southwest Florida economy but are also designed to anticipate changes as a new economy emerges.
HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
The damage caused by Hurricane Ian has made access to healthcare and social services for residents more important than ever. The Health and Social Services Branch will ensure the development and delivery of healthcare and social services enables the community to be resilient.
The Infrastructure Branch will work to restore and revitalize the County’s critical infrastructure to support a viable, sustainable community and improve resilience to and protection from future hazards and threats. This includes identifying infrastructure improvements we need to advocate for such as upgrades to water systems and treatment facilities, the electrical grid, transportation, and broadband.
Ensuring the repair and resilient rebuilding of homes will be a primary challenge for Lee County in the months and years to come. The focus of the Housing Branch is on providing attainable housing solutions for all residents and building methods to support the needs of the community and workforce.
The Natural Resources Branch is focused on the protection and recovery of our natural resources and environment. This includes actions taken to preserve, conserve, rehabilitate, and restore these resources in determining what it takes to make our County more resilient.
Hurricane Ian disrupted access to many cultural and artistic experiences and assets. The Cultural Resources Branch is focused on actions that support and secure the role arts and culture play in our communities and how they help to shape our identity.
"I am honored to be chosen as the Chair of the Lee County Long-term Task Force. Together, we will bring Lee County back better than ever!"
The Recovery Task Force members are important liaisons to their communities, gathering input and direction, as well as securing review and endorsement of the recommendations of the Recovery Task Force.
Fort Myers Beach
Lee County School Board
The Lee County Long Term Recovery Task Force and Branches shall be subject to, and each member shall be responsible for compliance with the Florida Sunshine Law and the Florida Public Records Act.
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