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This webinar series provides practical information on key topics in disaster preparedness and economic recovery for economic development organizations and chambers of commerce. Each seminar hosts economic recovery practitioners with real world experience and leadership in the subject matter. Each seminar will feature efforts made in disaster-impacted communities. Attend these interactive sessions to learn how your organization can be better equipped to handle a major disruption - whether caused by nature or manmade events.

With funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the 2017 Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery Webinar Series is produced by 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. The views and statements expressed in these webinars are those of IEDC and presenters, and do not necessarily reflect the views of EDA.

Please note: Web seminars in this series are not eligible for CEcD recertification points.



Staying on the Ready: Strategies for Communities Welcoming Evacuees

Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

A storm is a brewing and communities in nearby jurisdictions are being evacuated. Being along the evacuation route often means the relocation of evacuees to your community. Depending on the damages faced by the evacuated communities, your community and local businesses can be responsible for providing support services to these evacuees for an undefined period of time. Join us in July to learn strategies on how to best support evacuees while addressing the needs of the community's citizens.

Attend this webinar to learn:

• The ways a community can support evacuees
• Strategies to balance the needs of the business community with those of the evacuees
• Integrate long-term evacuees into the community



What's Cooking? Niche Food Businesses, That's What!

Date: Thursday, July 27
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Niche foods are trending. Why? Because American palates are becoming more adventurous and demanding, leading to new business opportunities for farmers, gardeners, home cooks, bakers and others. Yet budding niche food entrepreneurs need help figuring out how to turn their hobbies into businesses. Helping them start and grow a profitable business operation enables them to serve the local community, export beyond the region, provide jobs, generate wealth and increase the overall quality of life. Discover how your community can leverage all the benefits that come along with niche foods.

Again a plateful of information about:

• How to assess your community's potential to support a food industry cluster
• Essential elements of programs geared toward supporting food entrepreneurs
• How to other communities' successes can inform your own strategies



Patty Cantrell
Regional Food Solutions LLC

Full Bio


Leveraging Transportation Routes for New Opportunities in Rural Areas

Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

The ability to move goods and people in, out and around a community is a key ingredient of its economic success. Highways, rail lines, airports and ports are assets frequently examined by firms looking for new locations to establish operations. How can your region best enhance, market and leverage these critical connections to available land, workers and suppliers? This webinar will examine how to get the most out of your transportation assets to grow your industrial base.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

• Effectively market transportation assets to business location consultants and corporate real estate directors
• Develop and connect your community's narrative around workforce, land and regional assets to transportation networks
• Capture opportunities around new transportation routes, trends and technologies



Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM
VP, Economic Development and Marketing
TICE Engineering, Inc

Full Bio


Reinvigorating Downtown: Strategies to Drive Traffic Post-Disaster

Date: Thursday, August 24
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Downtown is the heart of many communities. It is the local gathering spot, the place to shop local, and the place to be part of the community. When a disaster strikes downtown, citizens can feel disconnected or lost. Returning downtown into a thriving center of activity is an essential part of the recovery. Come along with us in August as IEDC explores the ins and outs of rebuilding post-disaster and driving traffic into impacted downtowns.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

• What to consider when rebuilding downtown
• How to create an inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors to downtown
• How communities have been successful at creating a thriving downtown post-disaster



Retail Boomtowns: Creating an Atmosphere for Retail Attraction

Date: Thursday, September 14
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

In a rural region, a thriving retail sector is a phenomenal asset, bringing in both people and tax revenues. Though many national retailers gravitate towards larger cities, with the right strategies, small communities also can earn their attention and investment. Discover how your community can lay the groundwork for retail attraction and creatively tell its story to gain the interest of local, regional and national firms, growing both employment opportunities and the tax base.

Attend this webinar to learn how to:

• Use data and visuals to tell your community's retail story
• Create programs to encourage local and regional retailers to open stores
• Learn how other small communities have become retail hubs and identify replicable strategies




Janet Ady
President and CEO
Ady Advantage

Janet Ady is an experienced business strategy consultant, author, and speaker who focuses on helping both communities and companies meet their growth and diversification goals. As president of Ady Advantage, Janet has worked with over 400 economic development organizations and utilities throughout North America. She brings expertise in research, branding, and marketing to initiatives ranging from target industry analyses and economic development websites to brownfield re-use and marketing programs and strategic planning.

Having special interest and expertise in rural economic development, economic development talent strategies and agribusiness development, Janet has written books and articles on these topics and authors an industry-leading blog. Her knowledge of multiple industries allows her to provide value to individual businesses as well as communities and regions targeting specific sectors.

Janet brings an in-depth knowledge of the site selection process, especially in terms of understanding what factors are evaluated during each step along the decision-making process and how to optimally position places while developing compelling, differentiating messages. On the corporate side, Janet consults with companies looking to grow, diversify, expand, and relocate, with services ranging from site selection to growth planning and business development strategy.

Joshua Barnes
(formerly) Disaster Recovery Coordinator
U.S. Economic Development Administration

Joshua Barnes serves as the Acting Director of the Recovery Division in the Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. In that capacity he leads the policy development, preparedness, and post-disaster implementation of the Health and Social Services Recovery Support Function.

Previously, he served on the White House National Security Council Staff as the Director for Preparedness Policy. He led, planned, and coordinated development and implementation of preparedness policies and grant programs. Included in those efforts was the implementation of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System which encompasses the protection, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas. In addition, he led interagency efforts to better integrate federal community resilience policies and metrics. Also, he led the Administration’s actions in building long-term drought resilience resulting in a Presidential Memorandum and associated Action Plan.

Prior to joining the White House, Mr. Barnes served as the EDA Disaster Recovery Coordinator and led disaster recovery policy and technical assistance implementation efforts. In his tenure at EDA, he served as a core team member in the National Incident Command Economic Solutions Team responding to the economic recovery consequences from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In addition, Mr. Barnes served as the National Coordinator for the Economic Recovery Support Function, under the National Disaster Recovery Framework. In that role Mr. Barnes led interagency efforts to coordinate information sharing, technical assistance, and the leverage of resources to support major and catastrophic disasters nation-wide. Mr. Barnes also led economic resilience policy initiatives for the agency.

Catherine Bedolla
Director of Business Development
Howard County Economic Development Authority

Catherine Bedolla joined the Howard County Economic Development Authority in summer of 2012 and is currently the Director of Business Development for the organization. A long-time Howard County resident and member of the business community she takes an impassioned approach towards the betterment of the community she calls home. Most recently Catherine has undertaken the role of assisting in the rebuilding and recovery of Historic Ellicott City as the embedded Economic Development Official in the town. She was nominated by the community and recognized for her work in the response to Ellicott City flood by the Governor Larry Hogan and Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman in October 2016.

Christine Butterfield
Senior Management Advisor
Management Partners, Inc.

Christine Butterfield has worked in local government for over 20 years in a variety of management positions. She began her career in the Chicago-metro area working in several positions in the city manager’s office in Woodridge and then Oak Park (Illinois). She served as an assistant city manager in Roseville, Minnesota and Bakersfield, California. In those positions, she was responsible for a wide range of cross department and multijurisdictional projects involving process design, improvement, and implementation. One of the projects involved program evaluation and benchmarks for external agencies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recognized the process in 2000 as a best practice. Her responsibilities as an assistant city manager also included human resources, information technology, and public relations.

Earlier in her career, Christine worked with the City of Cedar Rapids as the Community Development director. She was responsible for current and long-range planning, economic development, Section 8, CDBG program and the metropolitan transportation planning organization. Six months into her service, a record flood left the community with $7 billion in damages. Christine led disaster recovery planning and service delivery following the 2008 flood. The disaster affected 1,400 city blocks and displaced 18,000 people.

Among other skills, Christine is an experienced facilitator. She oversaw, designed and led a community-wide recovery planning process that engaged more than 4,000 residents in a 10-month period. In addition to residents, the process engaged all levels of government and generated plans for flood protection and the redevelopment of 10 neighborhoods. The plans and implementation actions garnered national recognition. Some of these included the American Planning Association’s 2011 National Planning Excellence Award for Best Practices in Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Planning; 2010 U.S Army Corps of Engineers Outstanding Planning Achievement Award; and the 2009 International Downtown Association Pinnacle Award.

Following the disaster, Christine also served as the acting director of Code Enforcement. She developed a model anti-predatory contractor certification process. FEMA’s Office of Inspector General awarded it as a 2009 Best Practice: Contractor Certification.

During her tenure with Cedar Rapids, Christine was also responsible for $545 million of new development in the community. She oversaw the development and implementation of the first paperless land development submission process in the State of Iowa while with Cedar Rapids.

In addition to her government service, Christine also has consulting experience which included performing economic studies, fiscal impact analysis and staffing recruitment.

Christine remains active in the hazard mitigation and risk reduction community. She recently edited the American Planning Association/FEMA 2014 publication of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation. She is a member of the American Planning Association, the International City/County Managers Association and serves on the Policy Committee of the National Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Christine holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Minnesota in history and political science, and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin.

Patty Cantrell
Regional Food Solutions LLC

Patty Cantrell researches, writes, and speaks nationally about local food as community economic development. She also offers strategic communications, facilitation and project development through her business Regional Food Solutions LLC. She recently joined the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency in order to build its new nine-county rural community development corporation.

Earlier in her career, Patty spent 12 years developing regional food economy programs in Michigan, including the 10-county northwest Michigan Taste the Local Difference and Food and Farming Network initiatives. She served on the Michigan Food Policy Council and chaired the Michigan Good Food Charter infrastructure task force. Patty worked on national policy and communications initiatives in 2007-2009 as a Kellogg Food and Society Fellow.

Patty is trained in the WealthWorks value chain approach to community economic development and a co-author of the seminal USDA publication Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance Marketing Success. In 2012, Patty brought her food system insights and expertise to the TEDx Manhattan stage. Other past work includes producing the Good Food Economy Digest with the Wallace Center at Winrock International, home of the National Good Food Network, and developing the guidebook Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool with university and nonprofit partners. It won a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations.

She holds a masters degree in business administration from Drury University and bachelors’ degrees in economics and political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her background includes a Fulbright Scholarship to study economic systems in Europe, and newspaper and magazine work as a business journalist.

Linda DiMario, CEcD
Vice President, Economic Development & Tourism
Irvine Chamber of Commerce

DiMario leads the economic development and tourism promotion divisions of the biggest Chamber in Orange County. Engaged in a full scope of work designed to help enhance the economic vitality of Irvine and help businesses grow and thrive, the Chamber and its ED and destination marketing divisions work with the Chamber membership and community leadership to sustain an aggressive business retention and attraction program, a pro-active industry cluster and skill development initiative, an impressive start-up resource, a broad scope of international development work and a targeted leisure travel, meetings and conventions strategy. Before joining the Chamber, DiMario was the owner and principal of DiMario & Associates for six years, served as the president and CEO of the Arlington (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau for six and half years and was the president & CEO for the Long Beach Area CVB.

DiMario is an active member, speaker and instructor with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a former Board member of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI); former president of the Western Association of CVBs and a frequent speaker and trainer at industry conventions including DMAI, IEDC, California, Arizona, Georgia, Arkansas, Connecticut, Washington, Pennsylvania and Texas as well as the British Association of Cities & Towns. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Washington State University and is a Vietnam War-era Air Force veteran.

Maria Meyers
U.S. SourceLink at the UMKC Innovation Center

Maria Meyers is passionate about entrepreneurship and the power it has to do good—for local economies, communities and individuals.

As executive director of the University of Missouri - Kansas City Innovation Center, Maria unites academic, government, corporate and nonprofit groups to create environments where entrepreneurship will thrive. Working to get entrepreneurs the right resource at the right time, Maria founded KCSourceLink, a strong network of 230+ business building organizations in the Kansas City region, and SourceLink, a resource network that spans the United States and beyond through its affiliate communities. She also created Digital Sandbox KC, a proof-of-concept program for digital technologies and Whiteboard2Boardroom, a system that matches technologies from research institutions with entrepreneurs who can move them toward commercialization.

Recognized for her commitment to building entrepreneurial communities, she received the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Excellence in Economic Development award in 2007 and was presented the Missouri Women's Council Award of Distinction by the governor of Missouri in 2013. For the past three years, she has been named one of Kansas City's 100 most powerful people. Maria enjoys speaking at national and international conferences to inspire others to support entrepreneurship as an essential economic development strategy.

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM
VP, Economic Development and Marketing
TICE Engineering, Inc

Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM serves as Vice President of Economic Development and Marketing for Tice Engineering, Inc. She is also an Economic Development, Transportation and Coastal Restoration Advocate for AECOM, the world's largest engineering firm. Mary Ann is Assistant Dean for the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. She previously served as Director of Mentoring and Curriculum Chairman. She is an Instructor, Mentor and teaches the CEcD Exam Prep Course and authored and teaches 'Introduction to Transportation and Logistics.'

Ms. Moon's prior experience includes successful, private business owner (Dixie Bonded Warehouse of Ouachita, Inc., West Monroe, LA) President of the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and Regional Economic Development Manager for Entergy Louisiana.

Moon is a current Member and Committee Vice Chairman of the International Economic Development Council's Board of Directors. She is an Ethics instructor and presenter at Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi Economic Development Basic Courses. Mary Ann is Chairman of the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation and is President Elect of the Mississippi Transportation Institute. Moon is a presenter at various seminars and conferences throughout the country on the topic of Transportation and Logistics impact on Economic Development and growth. Mary Ann is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi and Louisiana and is a 2007 graduate of the Delta Regional Authority's Leadership Institute. Mary Ann was appointed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant to the Mississippi Arts Council Commission and currently serves as a member. She is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Council and the Southern Economic Development Council.

Erik Pages
EntreWorks Consulting

Erik R. Pages is President and Founder of EntreWorks Consulting (www.entreworks.net), an economic development consulting and policy development firm focused on helping communities and organizations achieve their entrepreneurial potential. Since its founding, EntreWorks has worked with communities in more than 40 states and overseas.

He previously served as Policy Director for the National Commission on Entrepreneurship (NCOE). Dr. Pages has also held senior positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration and on Capitol Hill. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness, the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and serves on the Arlington County (VA) Economic Development Commission, and as Vice Chair of the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and on the Advisory Board for Virginia's Small Business Development Network. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University and also holds degrees from Dickinson College (Phi Beta Kappa) and the University of Pittsburgh.

David Perry
Operational Planner
South Carolina Emergency Management Division

David Perry serves as an operational planner and the Earthquake Program Manager for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. His responsibilities include development and coordination of operational plans to synchronize response and recovery operations across the all-hazards spectrum, management of the state's Earthquake Preparedness Program to ensure awareness and coordination of actions in response to an earthquake, and training and exercise support to validate the state’s response and recovery actions. Prior to joining the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, he served for 20 years in the Army in various leadership and staff positions in airborne and infantry units.

Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
Director of Economic Development
Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board

Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP Director of Economic Development Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board Ashland City, TN Daryl Phillips serves as Director of Economic & Community Development for Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to joining Cheatham County, he worked for primarily regional initiatives and rural communities. He has earned a B.B.A. from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University. He achieved the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2008 and has earned the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council. He is a frequent speaker on the profession at regional and IEDC conferences. Daryl previously worked in manufacturing, but has held management positions with economic development organizations since 1996, serving as chief executive and lead economic development professional for counties since 2006.

JJan W. Rogers
Regional Economic Development Eastern Idaho (REDI)

An expert on rural and regional economic development, Jan Rogers has spent the last 15 years developing the economies of southern and eastern Idaho – attracting 35 businesses, over $1 billion in capital investments and 5,000 jobs. Currently, she serves as CEO of the Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI), after serving as the Executive Director of the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) for 14 years.

As CEO of REDI, Jan works closely with community partners to promote economic development through expansion of existing business and by implementing a focused, consistent marketing program to attract new businesses and talent to the Eastern Idaho region.

Jan is a frequent speaker at national and regional economic development conferences, and serves on the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She served as a panelist at the 2015 Select USA Academy, and is past president of the Idaho Economic Development Association (IEDA).

Jeffrey Sjostrom
Galveston Economic Development Partnership

Jeffrey is the founding President of the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP). The GEDP is a public/private partnership focused on the expansion of Galveston’s employment and tax bases. The GEDP was formed in 1999. Since formation the GEDP has facilitated a myriad of projects including maritime, emerging technology, tourism, housing, infill redevelopment, information services and a host of other activities.

Since 2005 (Hurricane Katrina) and in conjunction with the City of Galveston, Sjostrom has gained a unique insight into the arena of disaster planning and business recovery. Through the GEDP, over $100 Million in business recovery resources were implemented within Galveston resulting from Hurricane Ike (2008). Sjostrom participates in local, regional, state-wide and national initiatives focusing on transferring lessons learned and seeking additional improvements to the area of continuity planning and disaster recovery.

Prior to joining the GEDP Jeffrey coordinated a 13-county economic development program for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. In this capacity Sjostrom was responsible for public financing tools and resources to support the region’s economic growth. Jeffrey began his economic development career in Texas with the City of Palacios in 1988. Rural development was the primary goal for this small coastal community. In this capacity projects included aquaculture, tech-prep workforce training, manufacturing and real estate development.

During these 29 years of service in the field of economic development, Sjostrom participates on a wide variety of commissions and organizations dedicated to community and economic development.

Lynnette White-Colin
Small Business Initiatives

Ms. White-Colin is the Director of Small Business Initiatives at the New Orleans Business Alliance, a public-private partnership between the City of New Orleans and its business community; Ms. White-Colin directs diverse activities promoting economic inclusion, to facilitate enhanced opportunities, sustainability and growth for small businesses, with significant emphasis on minority- and women-owned ventures. Lynnette forges relationships within the community of local anchor institutions, corporations, public entities, public construction projects, etc. fostering the creation and identification of procurement and contracting opportunities for target small businesses. She regularly convenes small business stakeholders to discuss strategies that lead to alleviation of barriers to growth for minority business owners; she provide custom connections between business owners and diverse technical and financial assistance providers to ensure local small businesses have both the resources and capital necessary to sustain and grow their organizations. Ms. White-Colin is involved in strategic efforts toward revitalization strategies for commercial corridors in disinvested communities throughout the city of New Orleans.

Prior to joining the New Orleans Business Alliance, Lynnette directed economic development programming at the Urban League of Louisiana, which involved directing the Women’s Business Resource and contractors Resource Centers. The two entities provided technical assistance, diverse business training and one-on-one business consulting and coaching services for emerging business owners and contractors.

Ms. White-Colin served as the Executive Director of the O. C. Haley Blvd Merchants & Business Association and Main Street Initiative, where she oversaw the revitalization of the Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard commercial and cultural district which realized over $35M in development projects. Additionally, Lynnette commenced the first commercially-focused urban land trust in the country.

Formerly a Vice President with Hope-Enterprise Corporation, Ms. White-Colin served as a Regional Director of Hope Community Credit Union’s southeast operations, where she worked extensively with small and micro businesses assisting them to access financing. She directed consumer lending, deposit and retail operations and managed the branch’s socially responsible investment and philanthropic relationships, leveraging over 16 years of diverse banking experience.

Lynnette holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. She was awarded a Credit Union Executive Certification at the Community Development Credit Union Institute at Southern New Hampshire University.

Ms. Colin serves on the boards of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the New Orleans Redevelopment Unlimited (an auxiliary of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority); the East New Orleans Business Development District; and the New Orleans Regional Business Park.


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