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Webinar: Bushfire Recovery and Resilience

8 April @ AEST 10:00 am - 11:30 am


The recent bushfires caused unprecedented destruction and economic damage. A panel of experienced professionals in disaster recovery and resilience will lead a discussion of the U.S. experience in recovering from, and taking steps to become more resilient to, wildfires and other natural and man-made disasters.

The session will be led by David A. Dodd, CEcD/FM who many in the EDA family may be familiar with, as he has been involved in Australian economic development for 24 years. David is currently President of the International Sustainable Resilience Centre, Inc., a UN-affiliated Center of Excellence in Public Private Partnerships for resilience. He will be joined by Jill Dominguez, a 20-year veteran of disaster recovery who lives in California with substantial experience in wildfire recovery and resilience. Rounding out the panel will be Robert (Bob) Lane, a foremost expert in land management to reduce bushfire risk, and in recovery in rural and open areas. Panelists will guide a participative discussion designed to provide maximum value to attendees, and will provide additional information on wildfire recovery and resilience.


David Dodd | DADCO Consulting

David Dodd is a seasoned international thought leader in sustainable development, disaster recovery and resilience. After starting his career in commercial banking and joining noted consultant Ed Morrison to form Morrison/Dodd Group, he founded DADCO Consulting in 2000. In 2017, David founded the International Sustainable Resilience Center, a Specialist Center of Excellence based in New Orleans, LA, affiliated with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Internal PPP Centre of Excellence.

During his consulting career. David worked in forty-seven states and on four continents. He served as Dean of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute, or EDI as it is widely known, and as Director of International Development, took EDI to Mexico where he launched a national economic development education program.

During this time, David was thrust into disaster recovery through Hurricane Katrina a record-breaking cyclone that devastated the U.S. state of Louisiana. Since, David has assisted in recovery from disasters throughout the U.S., including the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Superstorm Sandy, Tornadoes in Arkansas and Oklahoma, Flooding in Louisiana, and is currently engaged in recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.  He has also consulted for recovery efforts in Mexico, Australia, and Japan.

Bob Lane

Embedded as a full time senior advisor consultant on public lands and National Environmental Policy Act compliance to the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC) charged with streamlining federal environmental permitting activities for large private infrastructure projects including solar, wind, water resources, pipeline, transmission line, ports and other multi-billion dollar, regional and national projects.


Jill Dominguez | ESSERGY

Jill Dominguez has decades of experience getting results for non-profit and for-profit companies, foundations, community organizations, private sector lenders, government agencies and elected officials. Her expertise includes 25 years of disaster recovery and resiliency working with some of the greatest natural and economic disasters known in the United States.  Her work has included recovery from hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires and financial disasters.

​Throughout Jill’s wide-ranging career, there is one common thread: She has always helped those in need. An accomplished large-scale project manager, she harnesses her passion, problem-solving skills and creative management approach to help clients develop and execute strategies to achieve their goals. Her skill sets are utilized across a wide range of topics creating growth and recovery with government agencies, non-profit and small business consulting, business incubation, economic development, technology transfer, federal contracts management, strategic planning for resiliency and disaster recovery.


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8 April
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Economic Development Australia


0467 217 997


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