On Friday, November 9th, IEDC hosted a webinar featuring two speakers from Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Katrina who played a leadership role in economic recovery assistance to local businesses. The first presenter was Jerry Bologna of Jefferson Parish Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO), who shared his experiences of key actions steps that local business leadership took to assist thousands of businesses in recovery following Katrina, including the delivery of a $40 million revolving loan fund. The second presenter was Rob O’Brian of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, who shared thoughts on how his organization prioritized key activities to help retain approximately 90 percent of Joplin’s 560 impacted businesses following their tornado.
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Click here to download the webinar presentations for Tracye McDaniel, Jerry Bologna, and Rob O’Brian .
President & CEO
Tracye McDaniel is the newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Choose New Jersey, a 501c3 organization focused on encouraging and nurturing economic growth throughout the state of New Jersey. She brings more than 26 years of executive and senior management experience in economic development, destination marketing, public relations, tourism and international business development. She has held cabinet-level positions in three gubernatorial administrations. Prior to assuming her current post, McDaniel served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), where she directed the execution of the organization’s 10-year Strategy Plan focused on membership, economic development and public policy. Previously, McDaniel served as Executive Director of the Office of the Governor Economic Development and Tourism Division, spearheading award-winning economic development and tourism operations for the State of Texas.
Jerry Bologna, CEcD
Jerry Bologna serves as the Deputy Director of JEDCO, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, the economic development organization for the parish. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he served as the Director of Economic Development Services at JEDCO, assisting impacted businesses with accessing tax incentives, financing, workforce development and other programs for the purpose of business retention. After Hurricane Katrina, JEDCO quickly established two business counseling centers, and developed and administered a revolving loan fund (RLF), which distributed approximately $50 million in loans to hundreds of small businesses after Hurricane Katrina. Jerry is married and is the proud father of two daughters.
Rob O’Brian, CEcD
Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
Rob O’Brian’s activities include President of the Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation, Vice-President of the Joplin Industrial Development Authority, current Board Member and Past-President of the Missouri Economic Development Council, Board Member and Past-President, Missouri Economic Development Financing Association. O’Brian was a member of Governor Blunt’s State Government Reform Commission and was instrumental in writing the Enterprise Zone and Quality Jobs Act legislation. Since the May 22, 2011 tornado that devastated one-third of Joplin, O’Brian has been at the forefront of the recovery efforts by amassing resources for the business community to ensure that businesses can rebuild and thrive in the community. Rob and his wife of 30 thirty years have made their home in Joplin since 1995 with their daughter Toni.
The 2012 Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery webinar series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).