Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

2017 West Virginia Webinar Series



March 23, 2017 – Maximizing the use of Federal and State Tools for Economic Development

Take advantage of assistance readily available to you, while also learning how to influence and shape projects in your region. You’ll hear how to partner with regional, state and federal authorities to accomplish your goals. This webinar will show you how to use available technical assistance that can help you advance your objectives.

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Click here for Christine Butterfield’s presentation and here for David Myers’s presentation.


March 15, 2017 – Preserving our Stories-Opportunities for Heritage Tourism

Increasingly, visitors are looking to experience the history and heritage of a region. What great stories does your community have to tell? This webinar will reveal ways to partner in larger regional storytelling, and how to link your stories to a wider audience with technology.

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Click here for Kristie Poehler’s presentation and here for Linda DiMario’s presentation.


 February 23, 2017 – Best Practices for Dealing with Dilapidated and Abandoned Properties

Every community has them – properties which used to shine but are now dilapidated, abandoned, or both. These eyesores can lower the value of surrounding properties and inhibit the ability of the community to attract new residents and businesses. Hear how to turn a population decline into a new opportunity to attract and retain businesses.

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Click here to download Hrishue Mahalaha’s presentation and here to download Marlee Gallagher’s presentation and here to download Christine Butterfield’s presentation.


February 15, 2017 – Rivers & Recreational Trails as Attractions for Tourism and Business Development

Rivers can be a destination in your community. In your downtown, they can add a new dimension to historic Main Street, enhancing its appeal for residents and visitors alike, and creating a better market that can attract new businesses. Outside of downtown, rivers and recreational trails are destinations in their own right. Strengthen these assets. Leverage them to support your economic goals. Attract new businesses, residents and visitors. Sign up today.

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Click here to download Lyz Crane’s presentation and here to download Chris Muskopf’s presentation and here to download David Kahley’s presentation.


February 2, 2017 – Marketing for Small and Rural Communities

Social media and online digital tools have helped level the playing field between urban and rural communities. Through technology and partnerships, rural communities can share their stories and attract investment, talent, and visitors. What avenues are open to you? Attend this webinar to hear where to spend your time for maximum marketing results. Taking charge of your community’s brand and image just got easier. Register for this free webinar today.

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Click here to download Jane Jenkins’ presentation and here to download Ben Wright’s presentation and here to download Rachel Deloffre’s presentation.


January 26, 2017 – Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Programs for Existing Business

In this webinar you will learn how you can help your existing businesses withstand the economic shocks produced by the crisis in the coal industry. You will learn how to reach out to your businesses in an organized way, and with your limited resources. There are effective tools like technical assistance, research, workforce development, and creative financing, and you are the matchmaker between your business and the agency that provides the particular assistance that it needs. Successful economic development starts with a foundation of support for existing businesses, and this is never as important as in times of crisis.

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Click here to download Penny Lewandowski’s presentation and here to download Hrishue Mahalaha’s presentation and here to download David Myers’ presentation.


The “2016 Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery “ webinar series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).