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The International Economic Development Council Hosts Economic Recovery Webinar Series

Series of ten webinars will prepare economic development organizations and chambers of commerce for disruption by disaster or economic hardship

With funding from the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Disaster Recovery program and Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, the International Economic Development Council is offering a series of 10 free webinars on topics surrounding disaster recovery and economic resiliency.

The POWER Initiative, created by the Obama administration, is a multi-agency effort to invest federal and workforce development resources into communities negatively impacted by changes to the coal industry. Webinar topics in the series – geared toward smaller and rural communities – include entrepreneurship, tourism, marketing and business recruitment, transportation, retail development and niche food business.

The remaining topics in the webinar series will focus on disaster recovery and resiliency, a key function of the EDA. The EDA coordinates the delivery of federal assistance for redevelopment, reconstruction and resiliency planning. Webinar topics include financing for small businesses post-disaster, how to handle incoming evacuees, reinvigorating downtowns post-disaster and improving the permitting process during recovery.

Each webinar will feature economic developers with expertise in disaster recovery or economic resilience. Case studies of successful efforts in disaster-impacted communities and economic diversification in smaller, resource-limited communities will be featured. The series aims to provide economic development organizations and chambers of commerce with the information necessary to handle disruption from disaster or economic change.

The first webinar will be March 21 at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will focus on entrepreneurship in rural communities. All future dates run through September. More information can be found at www.iedconline.org. See more IEDC Virtual Learning Opportunities here.