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Conference: Rebuilding A Resilient New Jersey Shore

A damaged Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. Photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force/New Jersey National Guard (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

The devastation from Hurricane Sandy created a wake-up call on the need to rebuild the Jersey shore in a way that respects nature and protects people, properties and public investments.  On Dec. 7 at a half-day conference at Monmouth University, expert speakers addressed key issues related to how we can restore a thriving, healthy and resilient coastal region.

All presentations are now available on New Jersey Future’s Slideshare channel, and are linked to each speaker’s listing in the agenda below. Conference Summary. An archived recording of the event is also available on Monmouth University’s site and on its YouTube channel. Storified tweets from each session are available via the links below:

The New Normal

Lessons From Katrina

Federal Agency Roles 

State and Local Opportunities 

Agenda

8:00: Registration and light refreshments

9:00: Welcome: Peter S. Reinhart Esq., Director, Kislak Real Estate Institute, Monmouth University
 

Session 1: The New Normal

  • Jeanne Herb, Research Program Administrator, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. (moderator)
  • Anthony Broccoli, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director, Climate and Environmental Change Initiative, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Presentation
  • Megan Linkin, Vice President, Global Partnerships, Swiss Reinsurance America Holding Corporation, Armonk, N.Y. Presentation

Session 2: Lessons from Katrina

  • Rob Freudenberg, New Jersey Director, Regional Plan Association, Princeton, N.J. (moderator)
  • Ed Blakely, former Executive Director, Office of Recovery and Development Administration, New Orleans Presentation

Session 3: Federal Agency Roles: Response, Mitigation, and Community Resilience

  • Tony MacDonald, Director, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, N.J. (moderator)
  • Lopa Kolluri, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Strategy, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C.
  • Charles B. Chestnutt, Coastal Engineer, Institute for Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alexandria, Va. Presentation
  • Tim Crowley, Director, Mitigation Division, Region II, Federal Emergency Management Agency, New York. Presentation

Session 4: Opportunities for State and Regional Action to Enhance Resilience

Wrap-Up and Next Steps: Peter Reinhart

1:00: Adjourn

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