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Upcoming IEDC Webinar: Fermenting Success
Date: December 14, 2016
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
Price: $95 for IEDC members, $135 for Nonmembers
Registration Deadline: December 14 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Craft beverage production - cider, beer, spirits, wine, and even mead - has seen tremendous growth in recent years. In both urban and rural areas, these beverage producers are not just manufacturers, but often tourism destinations as well. They create jobs, increase the tax base, and offer exporting and supply chain opportunities. Economic developers can play an important role in helping these homegrown manufacturers and destination magnets start up and expand. In this webinar, you'll hear how communities have helped these entities grow by facilitating partnerships, providing workforce assistance, addressing policy barriers and more.
Economic Development Director
Port of Walla Walla
Paul Gerola has served the Port of Walla Walla since November 1996, around the time the area’s wine industry began to grow. Wine has since become a very successful cluster for the region, with more than 20 wineries. Paul has collaborated on oenology workforce development programs at the community college, wine incubators, distribution and supply chain facilitation, real estate projects related to wine and more.
As Economic Development Director, Paul is responsible for implementing Walla Walla County's economic development plan. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Planning from California State University, Fullerton. Paul has experience specializing in economic development, redevelopment and municipal finance in both the private and public sectors.
Founder and Owner
Blue Bee Cider
Courtney founded Blue Bee Cider in downtown Richmond, Virginia in 2012. After working in economic development for 12 years, she left the corporate grind in 2010. She knew she wanted to pursue work in the agriculture industry and felt that cidermaking was the best fit for her personality.
Courtney attended cider school at Cornell University and apprenticed with Albemarle CiderWorks, learning the ins and outs of running the business, managing the tasting room and staff, production techniques and best orchard management practices.
Don C. Schjeldahl
Don Schjeldahl is founder of DSG Advisors, a consulting practice that assists corporate clients in developing location strategy and site selection for manufacturing, distribution, and office facilities. Prior to this, Don served for 27 years as a site consultant and practice leader for The Austin Company, Cleveland, OH. Don recently spent 18 months working for Sierra Nevada Brewing on their Mills River, NC brewery construction project where he supported sustainability initiatives. Mr. Schjeldahl has for more than a decade focused on markets associated with the new energy economy and corporate sustainability. Mr. Schjeldahl has performed or directed nearly 300 location strategy assignments, working throughout North America, Mexico, and Europe.