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States spend billions of dollars on incentives to attract and retain businesses. Some question their cost and effectiveness. Do federal funds play a part in these incentives?
In 6 large state business incentive packages we reviewed, federal economic development funds were not directly used.
Because disaster recovery block grants aren't part of a permanent program, grant requirements have to be customized for each disaster. This is time-consuming for the agency and for grantees—leading to delays in receipt and use of the funds.
In 2017, hurricanes knocked out Puerto Rico's electricity grid and caused an 11-month blackout—the longest in U.S. history. Efforts are underway to rebuild a more resilient grid.
FEMA has worked with Puerto Rico to assess grid damage, estimate costs, and more.