dewitt-flood-pictureAfter record-breaking rainfall in May 2015, 50 percent of the homes in rural DeWitt, Nebraska were severely flooded. Unfortunately, like so many small Midwest communities, DeWitt’s economy was already struggling, even before the flood waters took their toll.

To bring new ideas and creative resources to the post-disaster rural economic recovery, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Disaster Services, and the DeWitt Area Recovery Team hosted an economic recovery summit, “Resiliency After Disaster: Bringing Thought To Action,” in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Economic Recovery Summit program featured keynote speaker Connie Reimers-Hild, Associate Executive Director and Key Futurist of the Rural Futures Institute, University of Nebraska, as well as other speakers from government, nonprofit, business, and higher education sectors who presented their ideas on resiliency and sustainability after a disaster.