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Resources for Economic Recovery

Village Revitalization

The County and its community partners are collaborating to revitalize affected villages such as Pāhoa and Volcano. Opportunities to participate in new programs or events will be posted to this site.

Strategies that are being pursued or are already in progress include:

  • Creative Placemaking Grants (e.g. murals)
    • Activate Big Island Events
      • Pāhoa - May 11, 2019
      • Volcano - date to be announced
      • Hilo - date to be announced
    • Pāhoa High School Mural
    • Pāhoa Aquatic Center Mural

  • Business Refresh Workshops

  • Workforce Development

Check out videos of Pāhoa's murals being produced on our Multimedia page

Pāhoa High School Mural, May 2019

Pāhoa Aquatic Center Mural, May 2019

Small Business

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) disbursed over $10M in business loans to local small businesses.

  • National Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs), formerly known as National Emergency Grants (NEGs), are discretionary grants awarded by the Secretary of Labor. DWGs provide resources to states and other eligible applicants to respond to large, unexpected layoff events causing significant job losses.
    • This funding was intended to temporarily expand capacity to serve dislocated workers due to the eruption.
    • Disaster DWGs provide funding to create temporary employment opportunities to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts, when an area impacted by disaster is declared eligible for public assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or otherwise recognized by a Federal agency with authority or jurisdiction over Federal response to the emergency or disaster.

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