Thursday, June 4 at 10 am EDT 

Countries, states, regions and cities are all impacted in different ways by the COVID-19 crisis. Economic developers, chambers and businesses of all sizes are wondering, “What’s next?”. join us on June 4 at 10 am for “Regional Strategies for Recovery,” a webinar moderated by board member David Campbell, Vice President of Business Development at AdvanceCT. Our expert panel will address how economic development professionals can lead their community through new business hurdles and opportunities presented by the crisis. We’ll also review strategies to achieve stability and long-term growth as we move beyond COVID-19 shut-downs and stay-at-home orders. Webinar participants will come away with new ideas on how to frame their strategies and thinking around topics such as:

  • What the new “normal” looks like for economic developers;
  • How supply chains will change in the aftermath of COVID-19;
  • What industries are standing out as growth engines for 2020 and onwards;
  • How competitive the NEDA states are in these growth industries based on supply chains and workforce indicators;
  • How NEDA regions can position themselves in the recovery period, from trade to entrepreneurship to business attraction;
  • Timeline, roadmap, and phases of recovery and how COVID 19 is unique;
  • Governance and organizational structures for recovery;
  • Mission Scoping Assessment (MSA) to begin the first steps of economic recovery planning;
  • Recovery funding and investment priorities for economic development; and
  • Recovery Support Strategy (RSS) and some recovery initiatives to consider.

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Our Panelists:

Nadine JeserichNadine Jeserich, PhD
VP of Analytics for ROI Research on Investment
Dr. Nadine Jeserich leads ROI’s analytics practice focused on advancing data-driven regional economic analysis and keeping on top of the newest industry and technology trends to understand where and how growth is happening. Nadine has also been instrumental in the development of the lead generation platform since its inception in 2016. Before joining ROI, Nadine was the principal economist at GrowthEconomics, Inc. working with Dr. GrahamToft for close to ten years. In this role, Nadine developed unique entrepreneurship and business dynamism indicators to track high-growth and mid-market/SME businesses in the United States.

Steven JastSteven Jast

President and Founder of ROI Research on Investment and
Founded in 2002, ROI is an award-winning investment attraction firm. Founded in 2016, is the first AI-powered business intelligence platform that uses machine learning algorithms to prognosticate firm-level expansion. Today, is used by economic development and B2B professionals in over 30 countries and is the fastest growing platform of its kind. Steve was nominated as a finalist for the Ernst & Young International Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 for leading ROI to its status as a Profit Magazine Hot 50 Company (26th fastest growing company in Canada). He was nominated as an EY International Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for a second time in 2019, having led to its status as Finalist for Canada’s top AI Company (awarded by the Digital Finance Institute). Before founding ROI, Steve was Partner and Executive Vice President at a boutique site selection firm from 1992 until 2001. Steven led that company’s incentive negotiation team and was awarded the Gold Level Achievement Award in the Private Developers Economic Development category by Business Facilities magazine.


Kirsten McGregorKirsten McGregor
Principal of SAGAX Associates
Since 2013 Kirsten McGregor of SAGAX Associates, LLC has been an Economic Recovery and Development Consultant supporting governments, nonprofit organizations, public-private partnerships, and businesses to respond to and prepare for economic disruptions and disasters. Her major economic recovery/development assignments include Senior Policy Advisor on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Task Force; Lead Economic Recovery Coordinator Consultant for the US Virgin Islands Hurricanes Irma and Maria Recovery; Lead Economic Recovery Coordinator through US Department of Commerce and FEMA for Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Recovery; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Coordinator US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration; Deputy Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. She also founded and served as executive director of Open Bracket Delaware.



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