Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

2015 Webinar Series



November 12, 2015 -Identifying Economic Recovery Priorities

Following a disaster, there are varying visions for the community’s recovery. To create a thorough recovery plan, it is essential to start by understanding the different perspectives. This collaborative process of bringing stakeholders together, hosting focus groups and actively participating in visioning sessions can be time consuming yet provides rewarding results.

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August 6, 2015 -Developing an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for Resiliency

Entrepreneurs are the rainbow following the storm for many communities. Not only are they creating jobs, filling a vacant space, and possibly, contributing to the diversity of the economy, they can spark the rebirth of a community. Creating and nurturing an active ecosystem prior to a disaster can retain the entrepreneurial livelihood after adversity. Discover how your community can strengthen your entrepreneurial ecosystem to thrive post-disaster.

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July 22, 2015 - Building Resiliency in Your Economy

Everyone’s talking about resiliency. What does it mean for your community? EDOs are often unexpectedly called to action when there’s a manmade or natural event that suddenly disrupts the economy. Whether you’re considering the results of a major plant closure or a flooded downtown, often times the results can be the same. In such instances economic developers find that much of the hard work that was contributed to grow local economies can be quickly reversed and take years to rebuild.

Click here to download the presentation recording. Click here to download Harriet Tregoning’s presentation, and here to download Robin Barne’s presentation.


June 11, 2015 - Strategies to Retain Businesses After a Crisis

The longer a business is closed after a disaster, the less likely it will reopen. Successful responses to aid businesses return to operations is vital to jumpstart recovery for the community. These strategies are not only be effective in retaining local businesses but can lead to expansion or modernization of operations and an increase in employment.  This webinar explores strategies to retain businesses impacted by disaster both in the short and long-term.

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April 28, 2015 -Bolstering Workforce – Adapting to Changing Economic Landscapes

After a disaster, your workforce landscape may be radically changed. A few residents will not not return, others may come to assist with recovery and decided to stay.  Some businesses will stay shuttered indefinitely; others will explore new growth opportunities.  Faced with major changes in both workforce supply and demand, would your workforce have the resilience and diversity needed to weather the storm? This web seminar explored strategies and resources to address changing workforce needs after a disaster.

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February 25, 2015 - Diversifying Your Economy Post-Disaster – Identifying Emerging Industries

A diverse industry portfolio enables regional economies to better withstand a disaster’s impacts and return to productivity more quickly. This webinar will help economic developers think strategically about how to identify emerging industries and help them grow, to create a diversified and more resilient economy. Featured in this webinar is the experience of the Houston-Galveston area, which suffered extensive property damage and business interruption after Hurricane Ike struck in 2008. Speakers discussed the variety of approaches taken since to retain or leverage regional assets for long-term economic diversification.

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Click here to download Chuck Wemple’s presentationJeff Sjostrom’s presentation, and Dan Seal’s presentation.


The “2015 Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery “ webinar series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).