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Economic Recovery Webinar on Identifying Emerging Industries
Diversifying Your Economy Post-Disaster - Identifying Emerging Industries
February 25 | 2:30 - 4:00 pm ET
Communities that depend on one or two major industries can be especially vulnerable when a natural or man-made disaster strikes. A diverse industry portfolio enables regional economies to better withstand a disaster's impacts and return to productivity more quickly. This webinar will help economic developers think strategically about how to identify emerging industries and help them grow, to create a diversified and more resilient economy.
Featured in this webinar is the experience of the Houston-Galveston area, which suffered extensive property damage and business interruption after Hurricane Ike struck in 2008. Speakers will discuss the variety of approaches taken since to retain or leverage regional assets for long-term economic diversification.
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Chief Operating Officer
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Chuck Wemple is the Chief Operating Officer for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. He has extensive experience in addressing infrastructure, housing and economic recovery needs following hurricanes Rita and Ike - including the allocation and programming of over $2 billion in HUD recovery funds; developing FEMA regional hazard mitigation plans; implementing small business financing programs; and, evaluating economic development strategies to increase resiliency. Chuck has served on several state-level policy committees designed to improve the speed and efficiency of disaster recovery.
Galveston Economic Development Partnership
Jeffrey Sjostrom is the founding President of the Galveston Economic Development Partnership (GEDP), a public/private partnership focused on the expansion of Galveston's employment and tax bases. The GEDP was formed in 1999, since which it has facilitated a myriad of projects including maritime, biotechnology, housing, infill redevelopment, information services and a host of other activities. Over the past few years and in conjunction with the City of Galveston, Jeff has gained unique insight into the arena of disaster planning and recovery. He participates in local, regional, statewide and national initiatives focusing on transferring lessons learned and seeking additional improvements to the area of continuity planning and disaster recovery.
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Please note: this webinar series is not eligible for CEcD recertification credits.
About the Webinar Series & Disaster Training
With funding from a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the 2015 Disaster Preparedness and Economic Recovery Webinar Series is produced by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). This training provides practical information on key topics in disaster preparedness, recovery and resiliency for economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, and community stakeholders concerned about the local economy.