The Hurricane Harvey - Sandy Dialogues project

APA Texas Chapter


Friday, March 22, 2019
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT

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The Hurricane Harvey – Sandy Dialogues project was initiated by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, to assist impacted communities in resilient recovery planning. The project is partially funded by a grant from the APA Foundation and through volunteer efforts by our APA membership. The dialogues are a joint effort by the Texas, New York Metro, and New Jersey Chapters of APA  The purpose of the dialogues project is to open a discussion among local community planners and officials, to identify the lessons learned following Hurricane Sandy, and to share information about resilient recovery planning from these two devastating storm events. 


The dialogues include two live, on-line webinars and one face-to-face seminar.  The first webinar was held on March 22, 2019 at 3:00 to 4:30 pm CDT, and the second webinar will be held on April 26, 2019 at 3:00 to 4:30 pm.   The third event will be a face-to-face daylong seminar to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas in May 2019 (date TBD).  Notifications and invitations to join in the webinars and seminar are being e-mailed to the 2,600 members of the APA Texas Chapter, as well as APA members in the New York Metro and New Jersey Chapters.  Speakers at the two webinars and seminar will include representatives of impacted communities in Texas, New York, and New Jersey.  



John Thomas Cooper

John Thomas Cooper Jr., Director, Texas Target Communities, Director of Outreach, Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center, Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning, Texas A&M University Read More

Kimberly Mickelson

Kim Mickelson, JD, AICP, Former APA Texas Chapter President Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of Houston Legal Department Planning/land use attorney and planner for 25 years. Land use practice concentrated in advising municipal planning departments in all areas of land use and, more recently, disaster recovery and floodplain regulations ... Read More

James Rausse

James Rausse, AICP, Former APA New York Metro Chapter President · Read More

James C. Schwab

James C. Schwab, FAICP, Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning Chair-Elect, APA Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division ·Jim Schwab, FAICP, is the principal of Jim Schwab Consulting LLC, in Chicago, and the former manager of the APA Hazards Planning Center. He is ... Read More

Stephen Costello

Stephen Costello, City of Houston Chief Recovery Officer Steve is an engineer with a background in flood control and drainage. His first job in Texas was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston. He co-founded Costello, Inc. in 1991, a Houston civil engineering and surveying firm named ... Read More

Michael Marella

Michael Marrella, AICP, NYC Waterfront Director Michael Marrella, AICP, is the Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning for the New York City Department of City Planning. Michael is responsible for directing waterfront policy for the agency and oversees the agency?s resiliency planning portfolio. He advises the City Planning ... Read More

Marissa Aho

Marissa Aho, AICP City of Houston Chief Resilience Officer Marissa Aho, AICP, has served as Houston's Chief Resilience Officer for Mayor Sylvester Turner since February 2019. In this role, she leads the resilience-building efforts including the development of Houston's resilience strategy as part of Houston's membership in ... Read More

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