MOORE — Deidre Ebrey, director of Economic Development and Marketing for the City of Moore, received the Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official. Since 1998, the SBA has presented Phoenix Awards to business owners, public officials and volunteers who displayed selflessness, ingenuity and tenacity in the aftermath of a disaster, while contributing to the rebuilding of their communities. On May 20, 2013, Ebrey camped out at city hall and became a central figure in the town’s recovery from this devastating disaster.
Ebrey worked with state and local officials to make decisions on the handling of debris removal, traffic control, commercial and residential damage assessments, while managing the health and welfare of the disaster survivors in Moore. She became a visible and outspoken advocate for the community’s recovery, completing tasks like helping the school district secure a $500,000 grant to support rebuilding efforts.
Ebrey made sure information about SBA disaster loan assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses was included with utility bills mailed to Moore residents. She also worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other state and federal agencies to support funding for the city’s recovery efforts. Because of her relationships with business owners and community leaders, the Moore Medical Center was able to restore emergency patient care services on the site of the original hospital within six months of the tornado.
The Small Business Administration region VI administrator, Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, will be in Oklahoma June 9-10. Monday she will be in Moore to meet with Deidre Ebrey. She will also meet with Mayor Glenn Lewis and City Manager Stephen Eddy.
Tuesday, she will speak at the Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon honoring Oklahoma’s Small Business Award recipients as well as two Regional Award winners. The lunch will be 11:30 a.m. at the Skirvin Hotel. Also in attendance will be Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and Larry Parman, Secretary of Commerce and director of the Department of Commerce.
As a presidential appointee, she is a key policy representative for the Small Business Administration. She is well versed in the Affordable Care Act and other issues of concern to small businesses in Oklahoma.