Smart Systems, Resilient Regions: a Metropolitan Planning Commission Roundtable, May 20

Photo: Ann Fisher (flickr)

After one of the Chicago region’s coldest and snowiest winters on record, how can we better prepare ourselves to weather future storms? If this winter has taught us anything, it’s the value of being prepared—not just for the expected, like snow, but also for unforeseen climate conditions like the polar vortex. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events is creating a complex knot of pressures for governments, businesses and communities. Northeastern Illinois’ resiliency—our ability to provide critical public services such as transportation, communications, water and flood management—is being tested.

This MPC Roundtable on May 20th, 2014, will highlight leading governance and technology practices that can help our region and others achieve greater infrastructure resilience and ensure that our businesses stay up and running during critical moments. The panel of experts will discuss challenges and solutions to working together to respond to hazards and improve the resiliency of energy and transportation systems in our region.

Speakers include:

  • Michael Masters, Executive Director, Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Cook County
  • Alison Taylor, Vice President, Sustainability, Siemens Infrastructure & Cities
  • James Schwab, Manager, American Planning Association’s Hazards Planning Research Center

The cost of the roundtable, which includes lunch, is $15 for MPC donors and $30 for all others. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

When:  May 20, 2014, 12–1:30 pm
Where:  Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400, Chicago IL

Register online here

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