Public-Private Engagement For Disaster Relief

As many recall, late June saw heavy flooding in West Virginia which ultimately killed at least 23 people across the state. In the aftermath of the flooding, one private organization–the iconic 700 room, 300 year old  Greenbrier Resort property–came to the aid of surrounding Greenbrier County. The resort, closed for business, took in and fed, clothed, and sheltered 300 of the most needy victims from the area. Many had lost everything they had (15 of the 23 victims died in Greenbrier County, and two died on the resorts grounds). Even though the course focused on public-public engagement, I thought this contemporary story was a great example of how private organizations–as key stakeholders to any community engagement plan–play an important role and offer important resources to their host communities. Here’s the link to the full story below:





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