Building Economic Resilience to Disasters in the Southern Tier: Workshop Materials

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 by Megan McConville

Building Economic Resilience to Disasters in the Southern Tier with logos

On March 31, the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board (http://steny NULL.org/) and the NADO Research Foundation hosted a training workshop that brought together over 40 economic developers, business owners, Chamber of Commerce representatives, and other local officials and staff to learn about approaches to make businesses and the overall regional economy more resilient to natural disasters.  The workshop was held in Binghamton, situated in New York’s Southern Tier, an area that has been impacted by frequent and severe flooding over the past several years.  Participants received training on business continuity planning, got expert advice from small business development specialists who have counseled flood-impacted business owners, and heard from community and economic development leaders who have seen their hometowns through natural disasters and helped them come back even stronger than they were before.

This workshop was supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (http://www NULL.eda NULL.gov/), which has funded the NADO Research Foundation to provide training and technical assistance on disaster recovery and economic resilience to regions and communities in the northeast and the southeast that were impacted by disasters during fiscal year 2011.

Southern Tier East Disaster Resilience Workshop photoThe workshop materials are included below.  If you have any questions about this event, the materials, or NADO’s work on disaster and economic resilience more broadly, please contact Megan McConville at [email protected] (mmcconville null@null nado NULL.org).

Workshop Agenda

What do Business Owners Need to Know to Withstand the Next Flood?

Debra Boudrieau, Business Advisor, Vermont Small Business Development Center, Brattleboro, VT

  • Vermont SBDC Disaster Recovery Guide for Business (http://www NULL.vtsbdc NULL.org/programs/irene-business-recovery)

James King, State Director, New York State Small Business Development Center, Albany, NY

Disaster Resilience as an Economic Development Issue

Robert Kloberdanz, Chairman, Charles City Park Board, Charles City, IA

  • EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement Video on Charles City Riverfront Park (http://www NULL.epa NULL.gov/smartgrowth/awards/sg_awards_publication_2013 NULL.htm#plazas)

Jay Minkarah, President and CEO, DevelopSpringfield, Springfield, MA

Developing a Business Continuity Plan

Gail Moraton, Business Resiliency Manager, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Tampa, FL

  • Developing a Business Continuity Plan presentation
  • Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Open for Business business continuity planning program (https://www NULL.disastersafety NULL.org/open-for-business/)
  • Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s Open for Business (OFB)-EZ Toolkit (http://www NULL.disastersafety NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/OFB-EZ_Toolkit_IBHS NULL.pdf)
  • Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s OFB-EZ Fillable Forms (http://www NULL.disastersafety NULL.org/disastersafety/ofb-ez-individual-forms/)
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