Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Seminar- Leading Economically Resilient Communities: What Public Officials Need to Prioritize Before & After a Major Economic Disruption

After a major disaster, local governing becomes increasingly complex for public officials who face challenges of communication, maintaining financial stability, and determining resource allocation while ensuring the welfare of their community. The seminar will focus on how public officials can support critical economic preparedness and recovery activities within their community to protect key economic assets and encourage resiliency among local businesses in the event of a major disaster.

Who Should Attend: Elected and Public Officials in Texas and Louisiana

Seminar in Louisiana

Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Location: Lake Charles, LA

Seminar in Texas

Date: Friday, September 28
Time: 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Location: Hilton Americas- 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX

After a major disaster, local governing becomes increasingly complex for public officials who face challenges of communication, maintaining financial stability, and determining resource allocation while ensuring the welfare of their community. The seminar will focus on how public officials can support critical economic preparedness and recovery activities within their community to protect key economic assets and encourage resiliency among local businesses in the event of a major disaster.

Seminar Highlights:

  • Learn how to closely partner with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and other business groups to effectively communicate with the private sector after a major event;
  • Discover the business support services which are critical for fortifying local businesses against disruption and retaining them after a disaster;
  • Learn how other communities have successfully leveraged federal and private sector resources for rebuilding efforts;
  • Become familiar with public policies that can be put in place during blue skies to better facilitate and expedite economic recovery after a disaster strikes.
  • Better understand your role as a community leader in spurring business preparedness and economic recovery within your community.

Instructors

Richard Crotty
Former Mayor of Orange County, Florida

Mayor Crotty served from 2001 to 2011 as the chief executive of Orange County, FL, which county seat is Orlando. During his tenure, he successfully cooperated with regional partners to support disaster recovery efforts, strengthen the visitor economy around Disneyworld, and pursue economic diversification efforts following the disasters of September 11th and Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne in 2004. Previously, he served in the Florida State Legislature in both the House and the Senate. He has appeared on the CBS Evening News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Weather Channel, CNN, Fox News and other cable networks regarding Orange County’s emergency management efforts.

John McKay 
Board of Supervisor for Jackson County, Mississippi

John McKay is the President of the Jackson County, Mississippi, Board of Supervisors, where he is currently serving his fourth term after retiring from the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery. McKay served 27 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard, having reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earning a Bronze Star for leadership. Supervisor McKay worked on critical response and recovery efforts for the county after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Mickie Valente
Principal, Valente Strategic Advisers, LLCMs

Mickie Valente serves as the President of Valente Strategic Advisers, which assists community and business leaders in developing economic resiliency and redevelopment plans prior to a disaster as well as helps communities to identify economic recovery strategies following any economic disruption. She has led innovative projects, which encourage regional collaboration among economic development, workforce development and emergency management organizations to build more diversified economies and resilient communities. At Enterprise Florida, she led the development of Emergency Support Function 18 for Business & Industry at Florida’s State Emergency Operation Center.

These free seminars are supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration.