Friday, December 06, 2013

Building Economic Resilience, December 10th 9-3 pm

Building Economic Resilience: Strengthening Local Assets & Fostering 
Part of a Webinar and Workshop Series Sponsored by the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program 

PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP: Tuesday, December 10th, 9:00am - 3:00pm 
Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center Rm. 236, 2045 Lakeshore Drive, 
New Orleans, LA 70122 

Speakers include: 
Robin Barnes, Executive Vice President & COO @ GNO Inc. 
Paul Cramer, Comprehensive Planning Administrator @ City of New Orleans 
Col. Joseph Booth, Executive Director @ Stephenson Disaster Management Institute 
Wendel Dufour, Director @ UNO Division of Planning 
Tim Jackson, Senior Research Associate @ UNO Division of Planning 
Susana Schowen, Workforce Initiatives Manager @ Louisiana Economic Development 
David Waggonner, Principal @ Waggonner & Ball Architects 

*Pending AICP CM Credit Approval 
**Coffee, Pastries, and Lunch to be provided 

Resilience planning can help communities achieve economic recovery, stability, and growth. Flooding  and storms put pressure on south Louisiana's communities to be in a continual 'rebuilding' phase. But, it's hard to address this challenge when the disasters - from hurricanes to smaller scale flooding - keep coming. How do communities create long-term economic opportunities in an unstable environment? 

This resilience planning workshop will provide community leaders with tools to create economic development that lasts. This event will discuss: 

• Recovery from Disasters: How neighborhoods can use their unique strengths to prepare for disasters, so that homes and businesses recover more quickly. 
• Safeguarding Communities Against Risk: How to plan at the neighborhood, community, and regional scales to reduce risk and maximize economic potential. 
• Planning for Economic Growth: How to grow and diversify your local economy by taking advantage of 21st Century economic development sectors that center on the emerging "green economy." 

This one-day workshop will provide specific planning tools and examples. Small group activities and discussions will examine which strategies have worked elsewhere and how we can adapt lessons learned to our challenges here in south Louisiana. 

Who Should Attend? 
Planners, economic development professionals, parish and local elected officials, local government staff, policy-makers, designers, emergency managers, community advocates. 

Cost is free but space is limited. Please RSVP in advance to to secure a spot. Attendees can self-report professional development/continuing education credits. Upon request, CSS will provide proof of attendance. 

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