Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

2013 Webinar Series


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November 20th, 2013 – Transitioning Skills to New Market Realities – Developing Workforce Training Programs in Disaster-Impacted Communities

IEDC hosted a webinar on developing workforce training programs in disaster-impacted communities. Speakers included Jasen Jones, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board Southwest Missouri and Barbara Johnson, Principal of  The Johnson Group In New Orleans, LA.

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October 28th, 2013 – How to Successfully Collaborate with Federal Partners in Disaster Recovery

IEDC hosted a webinar on how local and state officials can effectively collaborate with federal agencies on economic and business recovery efforts following a major disaster. Speakers include Jeff Finkle, President,International Economic Development Council and Jon Mabry, Chief Operating Office, Mississippi Disaster Recovery Programs.

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September 17, 2013 – Effective Communication Methods Before and After a Disaster

IEDC hosted a webinar on How to Communicate Effectively Before and After a Crisis with Kirstie Smith, Communications Director for the Joplin Chamber of Commerce, and Peggy Bendel, President of Bendel Communications International.

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August 21st, 2013 -  Establishing a Small Business Emergency Loan Fund Program after a Disaster Webinar

IEDC hosted the webinar Establishing a Small Business Emergency Loan Fund Program with presenters Robert Barragan, President of the Valley Economic Development Corporation and Jim Rich, President of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

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May 15th, 2013 – Building Organizational Capacity for Disaster Recovery in Small Communities and Rural Places

IEDC hosted a webinar on building organizational capacity for disaster recovery in small communities and rural places with Tish Williams, the Executive Director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Community Development Foundation and Todd Letts, Executive Director of Community Economic Development for the Huron Chamber of Commerce and President of Todd Letts Consulting.

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April 23rd, 2014 – How to Prepare for the Next Major Economic Disruption

IEDC hosted a webinar on how to prepare for the next economic disruption. This included practical steps to aid your local business community. The straightforward advice will assist you and your organization so you can continue operations in the event of a major catastrophe to better serve the larger community.

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March 28th, 2013 – Developing a Post-Disaster Economic Recovery Plan

IEDC hosted a webinar on developing a post-disaster economic recovery plan with Jerry Bologna, Executive Director of Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO). Following Hurricane Katrina, JEDCO quickly mobilized civic and business leaders to develop an economic recovery plan with a vision for building back stronger.

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January 30th, 2013 – Financing Critical Infrastructure and Redevelopment Projects Following a Major Disaster 

IEDC hosted a webinar, Financing Critical Infrastructure and Redevelopment Projects Following a Major Disaster. This webinar features efforts to finance redevelopment and infrastructure improvements for commercial and industrial areas after a major disaster.

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The “2013 Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery “ webinar series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).