Strategies for a Resilient Economy

UVAW Business Continuity Workshop


Tuesday February 3, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
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Hypertherm, Inc
71 Heater Road
Lebanon, NH 03766

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Michael McCrory 
Upper Valley Lake Sunapee RPC

The Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (UVAW) and its partners will be hosting an important workshop with practical and interactive instruction about economic resiliency and business continuity.

The workshop will be featuring national and regional resiliency experts to introduce resiliency planning for business continuity.

  • Build a resilient economy one business at a time.
  • Review lessons learned from severe weather events like Tropical Storm Irene.
  • Identify vulnerabilities in a business and how to address them.

The workshop is FREE and open to the public.


7:00 Registration, Socializing, and Breakfast
7:30  Introductions, Program Overview
Welcome by UVAW
 Co-Chairs Sherry Godlewski (NHDES) & Alex Jaccaci (Hypertherm)
Welcome to Hypertherm
 Jenny Levy, VP, Hypertherm Corporate Social Responsibility
Primer on Climate Change and Adaptation
 Erich Osterberg, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Earth Science, Dartmouth College
7:50 Business Continuity & Economic Resiliency - The Importance of Being Prepared
Guest speaker, instructor, and national expert on resiliency planning.
Bonnie Canal, Managing Partner, The Resiliency Institute, New Orleans, LA
8:50 Panel and Group Discussion on Business Continuity
Resiliency & economic development experts' and local business owners' first-hand knowledge.
Kevin Geiger, AICP CFM, Senior Planner, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
Deborah S. Eibner, Area Business Advisor, VT Small Business Development Center
Area Businesses TBD
9:50  Resiliency Exercise - Is Your Business Prepared to Weather the Storm?
Interactive exercise to review what tools you can use to make yours a resilient organization.
Bonnie Canal
10:50 Discussion and Wrap Up
Workshop closing review and discussion.
UVAW Co-Chairs Sherry Godlewski & Alex Jacacci

Tours of Hypertherm's new facility are available after the workshop.

Space is limited.

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Thanks to Simbex, National Association of Development Organizations, and US Economic Development Administration for sponsoring this event and to Hypertherm for hosting.


This workshop series is coordinated by the Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup. UVAW is a bi-state, multi-stakeholder working group that convened in 2012 to help Upper Valley communities prepare for climate impacts and become climate resilient.