Please join The Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a discussion on the impacts of flooding events to our nation’s business community. Since 2000, flood disasters have caused over $800 billion in losses stemming from business interruptions and damage to infrastructure, such as roads, hospitals, and schools.
Research indicates that following a disaster, roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors, and 90 percent fail within a year unless they can resume operations within 5 days. This briefing will bring together local officials and organizations representing small and large businesses. Discussions will focus on how Congress and the Administration can make resilient investments and forward-thinking policy decisions that ensure communities and businesses are better able to thrive in the face of increasing flood-disasters.
- The Honorable David Rouzer – Representative, NC-7 (invited)
- Mayor Bill Saffo – Wilmington, North Carolina
- Ryan Colker – Executive Director, The Alliance for National & Community Resilience
- Laura Lightbody – Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Flood-Prepared Communities Initiative
- Michael Marsha – Owner, Forest Lake Fabric, Inc. of Columbia, S.C.
- Ed Mortimer – Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- Thomas Phillips – Principal, Building Regulatory Strategy, Target
- Forbes Tompkins – Officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Flood-Prepared Communities Initiative
This event is free to attend but registration is required.