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July 22, 2010

Halifax, NS – On July 24th, Fred Morley, Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, Greater Halifax Partnership will travel to Lafourche Parish, Louisiana to lend his expertise to an economic recovery assessment resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

Fred will be joining a team of International Economic Development Council (IEDC) staff members, post-disaster recovery experts and representatives of the United States Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Labor. 

The team will spend 3 days in the community to assess its economic recovery needs, challenges and opportunities, and provide recommendations. 

“Lafourche Parish has been identified as a community needing economic recovery assistance due to the impacts from the oil spill,” said Jeffrey A. Finkle, CEO and President, IEDC.  “Our assessment will focus briefly on the impacts of the oil spill and the deep water drilling moratorium, help uncover priority needs from an economic recovery perspective, outline local, state and national resources available, and develop several key actions steps for moving forward.”  He added, “We knew that Fred would answer the call and lend his significant economic development expertise to this initiative.” 

Once on site, the team will visit the community, conduct interviews with local stakeholders and relevant public/private officials, to understand community challenges and opportunities, identify sources of support, and present preliminary findings. 

“I am honoured to have been asked to participate in this initiative,” said Fred Morley.  Executive Vice President and Chief Economist, Greater Halifax Partnership.  “I will do whatever I can to assist the impacted businesses and community members, many of whom have never before navigated through, let alone experienced such significant challenges.”

IEDC has been working to provide post-disaster economic development assistance to the Gulf region since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Their work is funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). 

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For more information contact:

Jonathan Wilkie
Director, Marketing and Communications
Greater Halifax Partnership
(w) 490-5994 (c) 471-3255
greaterhalifax.com

About the Greater Halifax Partnership
The Greater Halifax Partnership is a catalyst for economic growth and confidence in Greater Halifax, the economic hub of Atlantic Canada. 
Website:  www.greaterhalifax.com

About IEDC

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. 
Website:  www.iedconline.org

Fred Morley to assist with economic recovery assessment in Louisiana due to Gulf of Mexico oil spill.