Webinar Recording - Building Resilience in Your Economy

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2015 Disaster Webinar Series

IEDC on July 22 held this webinar on Building Resilience in Your Economy. Everyone’s talking about resilience. What does it mean for your community? EDOs are often unexpectedly called to action when there’s a manmade or natural event that suddenly disrupts the economy. Whether you’re considering the results of a major plant closure or a flooded downtown, often times the results can be the same. In such instances economic developers find that much of the hard work that was contributed to grow local economies can be quickly reversed and take years to rebuild. With so much at stake, it’s vitally important to build capacity and resilience measures into your plans. Presenters and Moderator:

  • Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Robin A. Barnes, Executive Vice President & COO, Greater New Orleans, Inc.
  • Scott Annis, Economic Development Specialist, IEDC– Moderator

Click here to download the presentation recording.

Click here to download Harriet Tregoning's presentation

Click here to download Robin Barnes's presentation.  


Harriet Tregoning Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Urban Development U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Harriet Tregoning leads the Office of Community Planning and Development at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. She recently led HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience, helping regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability. She was previously Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, where she worked to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and thriving city. Her priorities included re-writing the city’s zoning code for the first time in 50 years, planning the revitalization of National Historic Landmark St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus as part of the consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Headquarters, and collaborating with her transportation colleagues to bring the nation’s (then) largest bike-sharing program to DC in 2010. Prior to this she was the director of the Governors’ Institute on Community Design and co-founded with former Maryland Governor Glendening. She served Governor Glendening as Secretary of Planning. Prior to her tenure in Maryland state government, Tregoning was the director of Development, Community and Environment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Tregoning’s academic training is in engineering and public policy. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for 2003-2004.  

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Robin A. Barnes Executive Vice President & COO Greater New Orleans, Inc. As the number two executive at GNO, Inc., the regional economic development organization for southeast Louisiana, Barnes oversees several major initiatives including the development of the region’s new Emerging Environmental industry sector, the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan, the Coalition for Coastal Resilience & Economy, the National Economic Protection and Resilience Organization, and other innovative projects designed to create and protect jobs in the region. In the spring and summer of 2013, Barnes served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Shaun Donovan, and President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Barnes served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Louisiana at Seedco Financial, now called TruFund Financial Services, a national nonprofit community development financial institution. In 2006, Barnes relocated from New York City to New Orleans to open Seedco Financial’s Louisiana field office and implement the organization’s emergency business and economic recovery response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike. At Seedco Financial, Barnes deployed federal funds totaling $30 million for emergency grants and loans to a total of 1,000 small businesses in greater New Orleans. She also opened the Seedco Financial Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, the only business assistance center for commercial fisheries. Barnes co-chairs the Sustainable Industries subcommittee of ProsperityNOLA: A Plan to Drive Economic Growth for 2018 for the City of New Orleans; and is a member of the marketumbrella.org Community Advisory Board and the NOLA Wise Advisory Board.


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.


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