April 30, 2019 from 3:30 PM–5:00 PM

The Business Case for Flood Ready Infrastructure

Hosted by The Pew Charitable Trusts U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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.

Speakers include:

  • 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.