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Planning for Economic Recovery
Planning for Economic Recovery


This free workshop will help you gain the knowledge you need to adapt and update your community’s economic recovery plan.

If you do not have a FEMA SID, complete this form before registering for this course: (cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register)

Non-US residents who wish to take this course: please contact Will Fricke (wfricke@icma.org) by December 17, 2021, before registering.

How can you build capacity for economic recovery?  It starts with a sound planning process to engage key stakeholders to assess your community’s strengths and vulnerabilities.  Developing and updating a recovery plan helps a community mitigate risks and speed recovery after economic disruptions.

ICMA and the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) have developed a new training course in partnership with FEMA: “Planning for Economic Recovery.” Filled with examples of successful economic recovery strategies, this interactive webinar offers opportunities for small group discussions and peer learning.

Register now for the January 13, 2022, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET virtual course. Among the many strategies covered in the free, 4-hour course are:

  • Engaging small businesses in pre-disaster planning and preparedness.
  • Utilizing financial tools and resources for mitigation and recovery.
  • Updating your economic recovery plan.

Don’t delay as registration is limited to 30 participants. Upon registering, you will receive a pre-course assessment and a Zoom link. Please review the participant guide, case examples, and current resources at the bottom of this page. A certificate will be available upon course completion.

The course is designed for high-level local government administrators and economic development professionals, including city and county managers; planning, public health, public works, and emergency managers; chamber of commerce executives; and leaders from economic development districts, regional planning organizations, redevelopment authorities, downtown organizations, and councils of governments.  

Presentation Team for the January 13 Virtual Course:

  • Elizabeth Kellar, Director of Public Policy and Disaster Recovery Programs, ICMA
  • Dana Crater, Senior Associate, Economic Development, IEDC
  • Mickie Valente, President, Valente Strategic Advisors
  • Ron Carlee, Visiting Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University and former County Manager, Arlington, Virginia

The course materials can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

Course Schedule (dates and times subject to change): 

  • May 20, 2021 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • June 17, 2021 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • July 15, 2021 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • Sept. 23, 2021 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • Oct. 3, 2021 - 12:15pm PT - Available on demand @ ICMA Conference
  • Oct. 28, 2021 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • Dec. 2, 2021 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • Jan. 13, 2022 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET
  • March 2, 2022 - 1:00pm-5:00pm ET

New, Reduced Membership Dues

A new, reduced dues rate is available for CAOs/ACAOs, along with additional discounts for those in smaller communities, has been implemented. Learn more and be sure to join or renew today!