CEO, Howard County Economic Development Authority
CASE STUDY: Rain, Rushing Water, and Recovery – Lessons from Ellicott City
When six inches of rain got dumped on Ellicott City, MD, in under two hours, something perhaps even more rare than the resulting 1,000-year flood happened – a partnership between county emergency management and economic development officials rose to the top and really worked! Everyone talks about public private partnerships. Attend this session to hear about one that resulted in more than 95% of businesses surviving. Ryan Miller, Director of Emergency Management for Howard County, MD, and Lary Twele, CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority will give an overview of the plans in place before the flood, including how they incorporated economic development into the emergency operations plan and the community disaster recovery plan. They’ll take attendees through the response – a response was so large and complex that resources from as far away as Colorado were called in – to the devastating flood that gave almost no warning. They’ll cover short, medium and long term recovery. But most importantly, they’ll teach you how to apply their model in order to get your local emergency managers and economic development officials working together!