The tsunami of 1964, spawned by the Alaska earthquake, destroyed much of downtown Crescent City and the Harbor. A major flood in late 1964 resulted in additional devastation throughout the County. Economic development in Del Norte County, the City of Crescent City, and the Crescent City Harbor District essentially came to a standstill.
In 1975 a local attorney, James Hooper, proposed to consolidate business recovery efforts of the three entities by forming a new organization, the Tri-Agency Economic Development Authority (Tri-Agency). The Tri-Agency was formed under the auspices of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) between the City, the County, and the Harbor District.
The initial purpose of the Tri-Agency was to implement the area’s Project Independence program and to carry-out the Del Norte County Strategic Plan. The results of these efforts were the coordination of post tsunami/flood business development recovery activities allowing economies of scale, unifying the citizens towards common goals, and having a single voice when dealing with State and Federal economic development officials.