Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies: Webinar Available for Download

[Click here to download the webinar slides as a PDF.]

In the wake of natural disasters, local and regional economies are extremely vulnerable.  Businesses can suffer costly damage, be cut off from supplies, lose sales, and experience disrupted operations.  In some cases, they may even be forced to close permanently.  When businesses and industries fail or falter the communities they serve can feel serious impacts, ranging from a lack of access to goods and services to the loss of income and jobs.

Building the resilience of businesses and regional economies to natural disasters calls for a creative mix of land use, hazard mitigation, capital improvement, economic development, and other approaches.  On April 8, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation hosted a webinar titled “Lessons from the Storm: Using Community and Economic Development Strategies to Build Disaster Resilient Economies.”  Leaders from east central Iowa; Longmont, Colorado; and Springfield, Massachusetts discussed how they are rebuilding and protecting their economic assets, including downtowns and key industries; targeting growth to safe locations and encouraging walkable, mixed-use design; providing recovery funding and preparedness training to businesses; upgrading infrastructure; encouraging economic diversification; and promoting regional partnerships and coordinated planning.

Presenters:
Shawn Lewis, Assistant City Manager, City of Longmont, Longmont, Colorado
Jay Minkarah, President & CEO, DevelopSpringfield, Springfield, Massachusetts
Doug Elliott, Executive Director, East Central Iowa Council of Governments, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Moderator:
Megan McConville, Program Manager, NADO Research Foundation

Click here to download the webinar slides as a PDF.

Click here to read NADO’s “Lessons from the Storm” case study series, including this case study about the East Central Iowa Council of Governments’ development of a revolving loan fund to help businesses purchase property and equipment and access working capital after the devastating floods of 2008.

The webinar was supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  Contact Megan McConville at [email protected] with any questions.

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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