IEDC held a webinar December 3rd, 2014 on using business retention and expansion to mitigate the effects of disaster. In the post-disaster environment, businesses that do not have strong ties to the community may leave or close. Establishing relationships with businesses prior to a catastrophe is one of the best ways to ensure they stay. Economic developers can strengthen these relationships through their business retention and expansion (BRE) efforts, while expanding these tools to improve disaster planning and mitigation capacities. In this webinar, two industry leaders discussed the application of BRE strategies as the underpinning for preparedness and response to natural and man-made disasters.
Dale Wheeldon President & CEO Economic Development Association of British Columbia Chilliwack, BC, Canada As President and CEO of the British Columbia Economic Development Association, Dale brings over 24 years of knowledge along with a varied background in economic development and local government, both in small and large communities. Previously Dale received his Certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. He has served as President of the BC Economic Development Association and as a Director of the Economic Developers Association of Canada. Dale and his teams have won numerous awards including Economic Development Officer of the Year Award, marketing, and the BCEDA Presidents award for work on disaster economic recovery. Through his consulting services, Dale has an excellent reputation of developing economic development strategies, business retention programs and more for communities in BC. In the past year Dale has delivered 28 workshops on economic development for local leaders in BC and Alaska. The BC Economic Development Association membership represents 95% of all local governments in BC. The association has grown from 133 members in 2009 to over 425 members in 2014.
Mickie Valente President Valente Strategic Advisers LLC Saint Petersburg, FL 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.
About this Webinar Series With funding from a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the 2014 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 concerned about the local economy. Please note: Web seminars in this series are not eligible for CEcD certification points.