Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Leadership Summit to Explore Potential Solutions to Area’s Resiliency Challenges

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council’s two-day summit brings together experts and decision-makers to discuss regional challenges in the face of sea level rise and climate change stressors

Pinellas Park, Fla.(March 24, 2023) — The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Regional Resiliency Coalition will host its third Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Leadership Summit and the Future of the Region Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5, 2023.

Several panels during the Summit focus on Hurricane Ian and the impact of pre-storm planning and post- storm resiliency. The opening panel, Lessons from Ian: Innovations in Post-Disaster Preparedness, will address the important role that preparedness plays in post-storm recovery, and its critical role in restoring crucial services and basic infrastructure for impacted communities. Fort Myers Mayor Dan Allers will join emergency management directors from Pinellas and Sarasota counties to discuss Hurricane Ian recovery and disaster planning.

“Storm recovery is more complex than simply restoring of wastewater treatment capabilities and making sure the lights come on,” said Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Chair and Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh. “We ensure our roads are clear and safe, and our first responders, electric crews, and emergency managers and rescue crews have free passage to do their jobs.”

Transportation and transit infrastructure will also be discussed during the Summit. Regional transportation planning and management planners from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and Manatee counties will discuss the stress on roadways from extreme heat, regional growth and resilient options to address transit needs. The panel Resilient Transportation: Integrating Multimodal Transportation will address building sustainable transportation infrastructure while accounting for weather exceeding 94 degrees, which puts additional wear on pavement materials.

“We must address our region’s transportation needs in a comprehensive fashion,” said Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. “Though growth is good for the region’s economy, our warming environment and increased traffic place greater stress on infrastructure like roadways and drainage systems. We have to plan for growth and build resiliency into the fabric of our infrastructure network in order to withstand rising temperatures and extreme weather events.”

Following the panels, the 2023 Future of the Region Awards Luncheon will be held as part of the summit on Friday, May 5, 2023. Veronica Cintron, vice president of communications at Tampa International Airport, will serve as emcee.

Visit http://www.tbrpc.org/summit/ to learn more and register.

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