IEDC held a webinar February 25, 2015 from 2:30-4:00ET titled Diversifying Your Economy Post-Disaster – Identifying Emerging Industries. Communities that depend on one or two major industries can be especially vulnerable when a natural or man-made disaster strikes. A diverse industry portfolio enables regional economies to better withstand a disaster’s impacts and return to productivity more quickly. This webinar helps economic developers think strategically about how to identify emerging industries and help them grow, to create a diversified and more resilient economy.
Featured in this webinar is the experience of the Houston-Galveston area, which suffered extensive property damage and business interruption after Hurricane Ike struck in 2008. Speakers discussed the variety of approaches taken since to retain or leverage regional assets for long-term economic diversification.
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Click here to download Chuck Wemple’s presentation, Jeff Sjostrom’s presentation, and Dan Seal’s presentation.
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Chuck Wemple is the Chief Operating Officer for the Houston-Galveston Area Council where he oversees all programs and services including transportation planning, community and environmental planning, public safety, and workforce development. He has extensive experience in addressing infrastructure, housing and economic recovery needs following Hurricanes Rita and Ike – including the allocation and programming of over $2 billion in HUD recovery funds; developing FEMA regional hazard mitigation plans; implementing small business financing programs; and, evaluating economic development strategies to increase resiliency. Chuck has served on several State-level disaster recovery policy committees designed to improve the speed and efficiency of disaster recovery. The Houston-Galveston area Council covers over 12,000 square miles along the upper Texas coast, includes 13 counties and over 100 cities and towns, with 6.6 million people and has an annual operating budget of approximately $248 million.
Galveston Economic Development Partnership
Jeffrey Sjostrom is the founding President of the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP), a public/private partnership focused on the expansion of Galveston’s employment and tax bases. The GEDP was formed in 1999, since which it has facilitated a myriad of projects including maritime, biotechnology, housing, infill redevelopment, information services and a host of other activities. Over the past few years and in conjunction with the City of Galveston, Jeff has gained unique insight into the arena of disaster planning and recovery. He participates in local, regional, statewide and national initiatives focusing on transferring lessons learned and seeking additional improvements to the area of continuity planning and disaster recovery.
Executive Director – Special Initiatives
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Dan Seal is the Executive Director – Special Initiatives for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership (BAHEP), where he manages the strategies and activities of its economic development program of work. He is also very involved in creating the Bay Area Houston Advanced Technology Consortium, or BayTech, a new 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which will develop new technology solutions for federal agencies, thereby creating and retaining local jobs and generating new revenue streams for consortium participants.
Seal has served in his present capacity since joining BAHEP in November, 2007. He previously served as vice president of marketing for the Economic Development Division of the Greater Houston Partnership. where he marketed the Houston region to corporate decision makers to create new jobs, new income and to promote the area’s business climate and image.
About this Webinar Series
With funding from a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant, the 2015 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. The views and statements expressed in these webinars are those of IEDC and presenters, and does not necessarily reflect the views of EDA.
Please note: Web seminars in this series are not eligible for CEcD certification points.