Florida's Critical Infrastructure Symposium

APA Florida Chapter, Heart of Florida Section


Wednesday, December 14, 2016
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. EST

Tampa, FL, United States

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Critical Infrastructure is an essential component of national economic competitiveness and social well-being. Florida is growing at a rapid rate, and investing in infrastructure that is resilient to the risks associated with an uncertain climate must be a top priority to maintain its position as one of the world’s most desirable vacation destinations, as well as a place to live and work.

This symposium is designed to help Florida’s governmental agencies, utilities and businesses provide climate change resilient infrastructure and systems that are essential for operational sustainability throughout their service life.

This symposium provides a forum for sharing and exchanging information regarding the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, facilitating discussions regarding preparedness and resiliency. Specific topics that will be discussed include the following:

Approach for planning and programming critical infrastructure in the face of climate uncertainty;

Adaptation versus mitigation cost savings;

Standard and innovative funding approaches for implementing resilient infrastructure;

Lessons learned and world-class examples of climate change planning and implementation;

Successful strategies for local government communications and stakeholder education regarding climate change resiliency needs, costs, funding, and urgency;

Designing and constructing facilities that anticipate regulatory requirements;

Open discussion, remarks, and lessons learned.


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Mark Hafen

Confirmed Speaker

Mark R. Hafen is Assistant Director in the School of Public Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he is a Senior Instructor and directs the Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program, with an emphasis on climate change adaptation, and urban environmental policy and planning. He ... Read More

Brady Smith

Confirmed Speaker

Brady Smith is the program coordinator for regional hurricane/disaster planning and local government comprehensive planning for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. In this role, Brady serves as key staff to ONE BAY Resilient Communities, a regional effort to share knowledge and build consensus on climate resiliency issues among ... Read More

Claude Tankersley

Confirmed Speaker

P.E. - Public Works Administrator, City of St. Petersburg. Read More

Laurens Van der Tak

Confirmed Speaker

Vice President CH2M Vice President and Technology Consultant Read More

Adam Hosking

Confirmed Speaker

CH2M Global Technology Lead

Christopher Moore

Confirmed Speaker

Christopher is a Principal Planner for the Pinellas County Planning Department, where he is the departmental lead on the County’s resiliency planning efforts, including serving as the project manager for the County’s upcoming vulnerability assessment to gauge the impact of sea level rise and storm surge on countywide ... Read More

JD Soloman

Confirmed Speaker

Vice President and Senior Consultant, CH2M

Rick Kriseman

Confirmed Speaker

Mayor, City of St. Petersburg

Robert Bailey

Confirmed Speaker

Professional Engineer. Executive Vice-President, City/Urban Solutions Read More

Alison Adams

Confirmed Speaker

Chief Technical Officer, Tampa Bay Water

Jonathan Goldstick

Confirmed Speaker

Vice President CH2M

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