Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Webinar Recording: 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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Speakers:


Christine Butterfield
Senior Management Advisor
Management Partners Inc

Christine Butterfield has worked in local government for over 20 years in a variety of management positions. She began her career in the Chicago-metro area working in several positions in the city manager’s office in Woodridge and then Oak Park (Illinois). She served as an assistant city manager in Roseville, Minnesota and Bakersfield, California. In those positions, she was responsible for a wide range of cross department and multijurisdictional projects involving process design, improvement, and implementation. One of the projects involved program evaluation and benchmarks for external agencies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized the process in 2000 as a best practice. Her responsibilities as an assistant city manager also included human resources, information technology, and public relations.

Earlier in her career, Christine worked with the City of Cedar Rapids as the Community Development director. She was responsible for current and long-range planning, economic development, Section 8, CDBG program and the metropolitan transportation planning organization. Six months into her service, a record flood left the community with $7 billion in damages. Christine led disaster recovery planning and service delivery following the 2008 flood. The disaster affected 1,400 city blocks and displaced 18,000 people.

Among other skills, Christine is an experienced facilitator. She oversaw, designed and led a community-wide recovery planning process that engaged more than 4,000 residents in a 10-month period. In addition to residents, the process engaged all levels of government and generated plans for flood protection and the redevelopment of 10 neighborhoods. The plans and implementation actions garnered national recognition. Some of these included the American Planning Association’s 2011 National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practices in Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Planning; 2010 U.S Army Corps of Engineers Outstanding Planning Achievement Award; and the 2009 International Downtown Association Pinnacle Award.

Following the disaster, Christine also served as the acting director of Code Enforcement. She developed a model anti-predatory contractor certification process. FEMA’s Office of Inspector General awarded it as a 2009 Best Practice: Contractor Certification.

During her tenure with Cedar Rapids, Christine was also responsible for $545 million of new development in the community. She oversaw the development and implementation of the first paperless land development submission process in the State of Iowa while with Cedar Rapids.
In addition to her government service, Christine also has consulting experience which included performing economic studies, fiscal impact analysis and staffing recruitment.

Christine remains active in the hazard mitigation and risk reduction community. She recently edited the American Planning Association/FEMA 2014 publication of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation. She is a member of the American Planning Association, the International City/County Managers Association and serves on the Policy Committee of the National Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Christine holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota in history and political science, and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin.

David Myers
Executive Director
Ponca City Development Authority

David J. Myers is the Executive Director of the Ponca City Development Authority, (PCDA) a position he has held since 2003. PCDA is one of only three economic development organizations in the State of Oklahoma that is accredited by the International Economic Development Council, (IEDC).

Myers holds the IEDC’s Certified Economic Developer credential. In 2008, he was selected as the Economic Development Professional of the Year, by the Oklahoma Economic Development Council, (OEDC). He has served as a past President of OEDC as well as a past Chair of the Governor’s Economic Development Marketing Team.

Myers is a specialist in working with micropolitan and rural communities in many facets of economic development. He is on the faculty of the Heartland Economic Development Course and the Oklahoma Chamber Management Institute. He also has extensive experience consulting and working with economic development organizations throughout the Great Plains region.

Prior to joining PCDA, Myers served as President for the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance, (GAVEA) in Lancaster, California. His career includes service as a Regional Manager for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, two terms as a member of the Palmdale (California) City Council and as Chairman of the Transportation Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments, the largest Council of Government in the United States.

He earned a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and a Masters Degree in Negotiation and Conflict Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills. His wife Janice holds a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma while their two children, Diana and Greg, both hold undergraduate degrees from Oklahoma State University.