Floodplain Management and Community Resilience in a World with Changing Contextual Factors

Larry A. Larson Speaker Series

Hosted by: Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation and the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers
In Partnership with: The Natural Hazards Center

The intent of the Larry A. Larson Speaker Series is to create opportunities for interaction among the nation’s thought leaders on flood risk reduction policy. The featured speaker for 2017 is Dennis Mileti, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder and Director Emeritus of the Natural Hazards Center.

Mileti will highlight his observations on how human and community factors such as connectedness, political ideology, resources, climate change, globalization, population redistribution, and other catalysts have impacted floodplain management and community resilience. He will also reflect on the various opportunities and obstacles that have influenced broader efforts toward sustainable hazards mitigation and community resilience.

This special evening will start with a reception at 5:00 p.m. The program will kickoff at 7:00 p.m. with a presentation by Mileti, followed a facilitated panel and audience discussion.

We sincerely hope you can join us to network with other policy leaders from national organizations and agencies dedicated to reducing flood risk and damage.

Date: Sunday, July 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Interlocken A

Distinguished Speaker: Dennis Mileti, University of Colorado, Boulder Emeritus

Dennis Mileti is retired professor and chair of the department of sociology and director emeritus of the Natural Hazards Center. He is the author of more than 100 publications, most of which focus on the societal aspects of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery of hazards and disasters. His book "Disasters by Design," published in 1999, involved more than 130 experts to assess knowledge, research, and policy needs for hazards in the United States. He has served on a variety of advisory boards and was co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Natural Hazards Review, an interdisciplinary all-hazards journal devoted to bringing together the natural and social sciences, engineering, and the policy communities.


Schedule of Events

Welcome and Overview
7:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

Matt Koch, ASFPM Foundation (AECOM)
Doug Plasencia, ASFPM Foundation (Moffatt & Nichol)
Larry Larson, Association of State Floodplain Managers

Lecture
7:10 p.m. to 7:55 p.m.

Dennis Mileti, University of Colorado Boulder

Panel Discussion and Audience Comments
7:55 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Larry Larson, Association of State Floodplain Managers, Moderator
Dennis Mileti, University of Colorado Boulder, Panelist
Samantha Medlock, ASFPM Foundation (Willis Towers Watson), Panelist
Gerald Galloway, University of Maryland, Panelist
Brian Varrella, ASFPM (Colorado Department of Transportation), Panelist
Gavin Smith, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Panelist

Closing Remarks
8:50 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Doug Plasencia, ASFPM Foundation (Moffatt & Nichol)


The Association of State Floodplain Managers and the Association of State Floodplain Managers Foundation would like to thank the following sponsors for making this event possible: Willis Watson Towers, ESP, Compass, Dewberry, CH2M, and Ideation.