On October 13, 2016, IEDC held the webinar titled Building Resilience in Rural and Small Communities. As a rural or small community, a disaster or crisis that impacts a few businesses can have a larger economic effect compared to bigger cities because of the smaller economy. Rural communities can also face issues of capacity and funding of disaster preparedness activities. Attendees in this webinar learned how to build resilience in small and rural communities through strategies of disaster preparedness and economic recovery tailored to the realities of smaller communities.
Tish Williams Executive Director Hancock Chamber of Commerce 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.
Taylor Stuckert, AICP Executive Director Clinton County Regional Planning Commission Taylor Stuckert serves as the Planning Director and staff consultant for the 20-member regional planning commission and leads planning efforts across the County and nine political jurisdictions. Mr. Stuckert’s role involves regularly meeting and engaging with diverse stakeholders in communities throughout Clinton County and at the state and national level on a variety of projects and initiatives related to planning, physical, economic and community development. Mr. Stuckert is also the Co-Founder of Energize Clinton County (ECC), a non-profit organization founded to lead a community-driven response to the economic crisis with support from the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC). The efforts of the CCRPC and ECC, following the 2008 DHL Crisis, have led to a portfolio of community and economic development programs, which were awarded the 2013 National Planning Achievement Award for Innovation in Economic Planning and Development by the American Planning Association. Mr. Stuckert holds a Master's Degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati- College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Butler University.
This webinar was accomplished through the U.S. Economic Development Administration Austin Regional Office, Project No. 08-06-05058. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration. This webinar is part of a larger compendium of research and technical assistance produced by IEDC and funded by the aforementioned U.S. Economic Development Administration grant, which focuses on providing resources in disaster preparedness and economic recovery for communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.