Monday, January 23, 2017


About Local Knowledge

“Caring Communities: The Role of Nonprofits in Rebuilding the Gulf Coast.” Special Issue, Local Knowledge, no. 2 (August 2009),

Editor: Jennifer D. Zambone
Art Director: Joanna Andreasson
Web Director: Cord Blomquist
Academic Editor: Veronique de Rugy
Assistant Editor: Jordana Starr
Associate Editors: Yana Chernyak, Amy Fontinelle, Lura Forcum, Heather Hambleton, and Courtney Myers
Production Assistant: Krista Davis

Local Knowledge is a publication of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Opinions expressed in articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Mercatus Center or George Mason University. Copyright © 2009. All rights reserved.

About the Gulf Coast Recovery Project

In 2005 the Mercatus Center launched a five-year project to follow the long-term redevelopment of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. Our inquiry seeks to determine the roles that public, commercial, and non-profit sectors play in rebuilding communities affected by large scale catastrophes.

So far our research has focused on insurance, infrastructure, natural resilience within communities, recovery policy, and social capital studies. Our methodology combines verbal interviews with people rebuilding in the Gulf Coast supplemented by quantitative and qualitative data in order to better understand the array of complex issues facing communities recovering from disaster.

Research Director: Peter Boettke
Project Director: Daniel M. Rothschild
Project Assistants: Heather Allen and Stan Tsirulnikov

About the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University is a 501(c)(3) education, research, and outreach organization that works with scholars, policy experts, and government officials to bridge academic learning and real-world practice.

Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding of how institutions affect the freedom to prosper and hold organizations accountable for their impact on that freedom. The aim of our work is to enable individuals to live free, prosperous, and peaceful lives.