On May 15th, 2013 IEDC hosted a webinar on building organizational capacity for disaster recovery in small communities and rural places with Tish Williams, the Executive Director of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Hancock Community Development Foundation and Todd Letts, Executive Director of Community Economic Development for the Huron Chamber of Commerce and President of Todd Letts Consulting. The webinar focused on disaster recovery efforts in two communities: Goderich, Ontario and Hancock County, Mississippi. Mr. Letts shared lessons learned during the recovery efforts in Goderich following a 2011 tornado that damaged much of the downtown area, and Ms. Williams discussed the recovery efforts of Hancock County after Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In their presentations both speakers addressed:
- Strategies for rural communities in dealing with limited capacity following a disaster;
- Leveraging resources at the local, state, provincial, and national level for recovery; and
- Efforts to create new programs designed to increase community resiliency.
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Tish Williams, Executive Director Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and the Hancock Community Development Foundation Tish Haas Williams has 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and economic development. She is one of the leading forces in producing solutions and strategies to address serious capacity and delivery needs caused and exposed by hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill to support existing businesses as well as sustain long-term growth in the county and region. Ms. Williams also serves as Secretary and Executive Director for Partners for Stennis. Her professional accolades include a 2006 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contribution to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official by the U.S. Small Business Administration, inclusion on the 2005 Sun Herald’s list of the region’s Top Ten Community Leaders in South Mississippi, and a 2009 Jody Compretta Person of Passion Award for her persistence and leadership to rebuild Hancock County.