Turning Crisis into Opportunity: How to Maximize Federal Funding Associated with COVID-19
Recorded On: 06/16/2021
With COVID-19 response and recovery funding available for local governments from the CARES Act, FEMA Public Assistance, and now the American Rescue Plan Act, knowing which source to use for what purpose is essential to make effective use of these one-time resources. During this session, Hagerty’s Cost Recovery experts will provide you with a framework and the tools you need to build a comprehensive and strategic approach that is informed by the needs of various stakeholders throughout the communities you serve. Funding programs to be covered include FEMA Public Assistance, Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), and the Fiscal Recovery Fund (FRF).
This webinar is complimentary for ICMA members thanks to the sponsorship of an ICMA Strategic Partner who will have access to registration information.
ICMA Practice Areas:  Policy Facilitation and Implementation;  Financial Management and Budgeting
Director of Recovery, Hagerty Consulting
Mark O’Mara serves as Hagerty’s Director of Recovery. Mark is an experienced Disaster Recovery Project Manager with a demonstrated history in the recovery and grants management industries and strong background in design and construction. Over 13 years experience in developing, managing, and leading the formulation and administration of over $15B of grants funded through the FEMA Public Assistance (PA), HUD Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), FHWA/FTA – Emergency Relief (ER), etc. programs.
He is experienced with all Categories of FEMA PA eligibility, facilities, and policies including damage assessments, scope of work development, cost estimating, the 428 PAAP Program, Section 404 and 406 Hazard Mitigation Programs, Benefit Costs Analyses (BCAs), project closeout, etc. Supported Recovery operations on countless declarations including flooding, tornadoes, winter storms as well as hurricanes (Katrina, Irene, and Sandy).
Mark is an experienced Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in negotiation, management, business development, innovative problem solving, construction means and methods, and project delivery. He is a strong program and project management professional with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Mark came to Hagerty by way of the Gulf Coast. Armed with a degree in Architecture from the University of Tennessee, USGBC LEED Building Design and Construction accreditation, and a specialty in Historic Preservation, Mark responded to the country’s largest modern disaster, Hurricane Katrina, by moving to the Gulf Coast in 2004. There he led recovery operations for over $150 million of school, hospital, and city projects.
Currently Mark manages a multi-disciplined team including architects, engineers, cost estimators, SMEs, and programmatic advisors. Together they manage the successful formulation, reconciliation, draw down and eventual close out of approximately $9 billion of eligible FEMA Public Assistance (PA) reimbursement for New York City and New York / New Jersey Port Authority to offset damage suffered during Hurricane Sandy. Mark’s expertise also includes applying for and managing Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants (over $4B to date).
Originally from Denver, Mark resides in Baltimore, but works in Manhattan where he gets to see the progress of the Hurricane Sandy Recovery every day.
Senior Manager, Recovery Division; Hagerty Consulting
John Hageman is a senior manager in Hagerty’s Recovery Division. Prior to joining Hagerty, John was chief of staff for the city of Detroit’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer, helping Detroit recover post-bankruptcy. He also has a background in management consulting with a focus in strategic management, public sector finance and administration, and restructuring, all of which he employed working with the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (FOMB) as well as during his tenure with Detroit.
Managing Associate, Recovery Division; Hagerty Consulting
Kristen Kerr is a managing associate in Hagerty’s Recovery Division. She has experience working in the government administration industry, specifically through process improvement, collaboration, financial analysis, and project management, and is a subject matter expert in various cost recovery services.