IEDC hosted a webinar on August 21 on creating successful relationships with the private sector. As most economic developers know, encouraging ‘close cooperation’ between the public and private sectors can be harder than it appears – particularly after a major community crisis. Drawing on case studies of recovery from Hurricane Katrina and other recent disasters, this webinar outlined the key actions for developing trusting strategic alliances between the public and private sectors. The webinar also discussed how to avoid potential pitfalls and to align strategic interests from varying parties.
New Orleans Business Alliance
Rodrick Miller is a results-oriented leader with nearly 10 years of experience in economic development, strategic planning, trade and foreign investment, and project finance. He is respected for his success in leading and structuring large development projects and corporate relocations. His skills as a negotiator, policy expert, and corporate strategist have been honed in over 10 countries.
Miller is the founding president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA), the official economic development organization responsible for ensuring the long-term economic vitality and driving job growth for the City of New Orleans. Highlights of his time at NOLABA include state legislation allowing for benefit corporations, a policy framework to guide the use of tax incentives, and the attraction of more than $120 Million in new investment, and crafting ProsperityNOLA, the first ever economic development plan for the city of New Orleans.
Previously, Miller served as the Executive Vice President of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber where he managed day-to-day operations, developed strategic initiatives, and helped deliver on the firm’s $20M capital campaign. Before moving to Louisiana, Miller was Vice President of International Economic Development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) where he managed international development activities which included foreign direct investment attraction and increasing the region’s international competitiveness. Before GPEC, Rod held several positions in the public and private sectors.
Miller holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science degree in international business from St. Augustine’s College. He also gained a Graduate Diploma in Finance from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico while completing a Fulbright Fellowship. He enjoys playing the piano, reading, and spending time with his son. Miller is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.
International Center for Enterprise Preparedness
New York University
William G. Raisch is the founding Director of the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (InterCEP) at New York University established with initial funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the world’s first academic research center dedicated to private sector risk management and resilience. The Center is host to the Global Risk Network which enables communication and collaboration among international corporations, cross-national agencies (UN, INTERPOL, WHO, etc.), national governments, NGOs and other stakeholders on shared operational risks.
Mr. Raisch is actively engaged with the international business community as well as elements of various national governments and NGO’s globally. Mr. Raisch served as private sector preparedness advisor to the U.S. Federal 9-11 Commission and assisted in developing the Commission’s recommendations on private sector emergency preparedness. He has over 30 years of experience in the private sector spanning roles in both private and public corporations. His background includes roles in management consulting that spanned a diversity of industries, leading strategic planning for Smith Barney International and managing several start-up efforts addressing new business innovations and technologies.
Mr. Raisch recently served as a Fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation focusing on identifying emerging issues that will impact the business community in the future. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), a former Principal Member of the Technical Committee on Disaster/Emergency Management & Business Continuity (NFPA 1600). He serves on the advisory Committee of Experts for ANAB – the accrediting body for the voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Program (PS-Prep). He also serves as the emergency manager for his home town, the Village of Asharoken, New York. Mr. Raisch received his B.A. (Government & Economics) and M.B.A. from Cornell University.
About this Webinar Series
With funding from a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the 2014 Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery Webinar Series is produced by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This training series provides practical information on key topics in disaster preparedness, recovery and resiliency for economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and community stakeholders concerned about the local economy.
Please note: Web seminars in this series are not eligible for CEcD certification points.