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Resource Created by Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) Used In Mount Royal University Classrooms


The Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness Becomes Resource in MRU’s New Continuing Education Program: Emergency Management & Disaster Recovery

Calgary AB – Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) is pleased to announce that Continuing Education students at Mount Royal University will be utilizing a document developed by EDA as part of the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP). Called the Recovery and Resiliency Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness; it is a practical guide that provides strategies and tactics for community leaders to focus on for economic recovery and preserving jobs. This is the only resource of its kind in Canada.

“I was so pleased to find EDA’s practicable and applicable approach to its economic disaster recovery project and Toolkit. Without a doubt, it is some of the best work I have seen on the subject,” said Steve Armstrong, MRU instructor and program developer. “Economic recovery is a keystone of a holistic approach to a disaster impacted community’s long-term recovery and it is the last thing that is thought of when developing recovery plans. It would serve anyone working in the field of disaster and recovery management well to read and use this important work.”

EDA’s toolkit is a resource in a new program at MRU; the Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery Extension Certificate. It is designed to teach community leaders about the restoration of critical infrastructure, re-establishment of educational, civic and commercial services, and re-establishment of homes and communities.

“Our Toolkit is an exceptional resource for individuals and organizations wishing to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from economic disasters, whether they be natural or manmade,” said Leann Hackman-Carty, EDA CEO.  “We are pleased Mount Royal University recognizes the value of this tool, and encourage other communities across Alberta and Canada to apply the fundamental principles and best practices highlighted within the Toolkit.”

The Toolkit is an outcome of the Economic Disaster Recovery Project (EDRP). The EDRP was designed as a unique blended learning opportunity to provide economic development practitioners, and those in supporting roles, with both theoretical and practical training. MRU students will begin utilizing the Toolkit as content and as a reference beginning in March.

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