On October 24, 2012, IEDC held a webinar, Initiatives to Protect Community Assets from Disaster, as part of their 2012 webinar series. The webinar discussed how communities in Florida are working on initiatives to safeguard community and economic assets through a planning process that engages community stakeholders, including businesses, about critical issues such as land use and post-disaster redevelopment during ‘blue sky’ periods. Mickie Valente discussed the development of ‘Post Disaster Redevelopment Plans’ in Hillsborough County. Patrick O’Neil then presented on how the Tampa Bay region has conducted an economic impact study based on a hypothetical large-scale disaster to better understand vulnerabilities within the region. The 2012 Disaster Preparedness & Economic Recovery webinar series is supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).
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Mickie Valente Principal Valente Strategic Advisers, LLC Ms. Valente is as the President of Valente Strategic Advisers, which assists community and business leaders in developing economic resiliency and redevelopment plans prior to a disaster as well as helps communities to identify economic recovery strategies following any economic disruption. She has led innovative projects that encourage regional collaboration among economic development, workforce development and emergency management organizations to build more diversified economies and resilient communities. At Enterprise Florida, she led the development of Emergency Support Function 18 for Business & Industry at Florida’s State Emergency Operation Center. Patrick O'Neil Senior Planner Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Patrick O’Neil is a Senior Planner/Economist for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC), which serves the Florida counties of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas Counties. Prior to joining the council in 2005, Mr. O’Neil had been providing financial analysis and consulting at A.G. Edwards and had extensive previous experience in the management and use in the information technology field. Mr. O’Neil’s earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of South Florida (USF) in the Finance, MIS, Management, and International Business tracks in 2005. At TBRPC, Mr. O’Neil focuses on heading the Economic Analysis Program.