Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Making the Permitting Process for Recovery and Resilience Better and Faster

Date: Thursday, May 25
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET

After a disaster, your local permitting process can become overwhelmed with an influx of businesses trying to rebuild. Permitting for businesses to grow and rebuild after a disaster can be an issue overlooked until a disruption occurs. Streamlining the process before an event occurs can not only help your businesses recover more quickly post-disaster, but also help businesses establish more quickly when not in a disaster. Join IEDC and presenters as they discuss strategies and tips from real-world examples of how to expedite and streamline the permitting process.

Attend this webinar to learn:

• How the permitting process can impact your economic recovery.
• Strategies for expediting and streamlining the permitting process.
• Tips on what to do now before a disruption occurs.



Catherine Bedolla
Director of Business Development
Howard County Economic Development Authority

Catherine Bedolla joined the Howard County Economic Development Authority in summer of 2012 and is currently the Director of Business Development for the organization. A long-time Howard County resident and member of the business community she takes an impassioned approach towards the betterment of the community she calls home. Most recently Catherine has undertaken the role of assisting in the rebuilding and recovery of Historic Ellicott City as the embedded Economic Development Official in the town. She was nominated by the community and recognized for her work in the response to Ellicott City flood by the Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman in October 2016.

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 Perry
Operational Planner
South Carolina Emergency Management Division

David Perry serves as an operational planner and the Earthquake Program Manager for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. His responsibilities include development and coordination of operational plans to synchronize response and recovery operations across the all-hazards spectrum, management of the state’s Earthquake Preparedness Program to ensure awareness and coordination of actions in response to an earthquake, and training and exercise support to validate the state’s response and recovery actions. Prior to joining the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, he served for 20 years in the Army in various leadership and staff positions in airborne and infantry units.