Monday, 30 April – 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Register and pick up name tags. Join colleagues for a meet & greet at the Hilton Bayfront, St. Petersburg, FL

Tuesday, May 1

7:00 to 8:00 -- Registration Hilton Bayfront, St, Petersburg, Fl

8:00 to 8:55 -- Welcome and Greetings from Hosts and Sponsors 

Dr. Frank Muller Karger, Director, International Ocean Institute, the Honorable Bill Foster, Mayor, City of St. Petersburg, Mr. Vinny Dolan, President and CEO, Progress Energy FL., Dr. Jaqueline Dixon, Dean, USF College of Marine Science

9:00 to 9:20 Key Note Opening Speaker: Stuart Rogel, President and CEO, Tampa Bay Partnership


Rethinking Tourism: Sustaining Economic Growth and the Environment          9:30-10:30

Politicians at the Seaside Richard Elelman, former Deputy Mayor and Councilor of the Environment and Culture, Figueres Spain, and Head of Public Administration Projects, Fundació CTM Centre Tecnològic.

Governmental Initiatives and Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean:  Gail Henry, Caribbean Tourism Organization

Break  10:30 to 11:00

Interactive Workshop: 11:00 -12:30

Implementing Sustainable Tourism Destination Management: Rony Mejia – Counterpart International, Guatemala Country Director, Case Study of Lago Atitlan/Yaxha National Park, programs, practices and policies.

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

1:30 to 3:00 (Including Q&A)

Reinventing Tourism Destinations: Creating an Underwater Art Museum: Roberto Diaz Abraham, President and co-founder of MUSA, the Underwater Museum in Cancun, Mexico and G.M. of Aquaworld Sports Center and Jaime M. González Cano, Ph.D.,co-founder of MUSA and Director of National Park Marine- Isla Mujeres & Cancun, CONANP/SEMARNAT - Mexico

Partnerships to Protect and Restore Tampa Bay Habitats: Lindsay Cross, Environmental Scientist, Tampa Bay Estuary Program

Break 3:00-3:30

Innovating Tourism Panel — Leading tourism and hospitality experts: Keith Overton, President, TradeWinds Hotel; Mary Ference, owner of Mis en Place, Sono Cafe and appointee to the US. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; John Waldron, Florida Outdoor Recreational Coalition; Lewis Hastings, Executive Director, Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce and David Randle, USF Patel School of Global Sustainability, and others discuss trends, competitive issues and new ideas that tourism convention bureaus, cities, environmental NGOs can do to strengthen local tourism.

Environmental Issues and Solutions/ Healthy Coastal Systems

Protecting Shorelines, Protecting Communities Professor Pam Hallock Muller, USF College of Marine Science discusses her research about coastal and marine ecosystems. Ocean Use Planning: A Tool for Ecosystem-Based Management, Dr. Anna Zivian, The Ocean Conservancy, Zivian provides an overview of the National Ocean Policy, comprehensive ocean use planning, and how it can integrate with existing local, state, and regional planning and habitat restoration processes. Nature-based Coastal Defenses: Dr. Larry Basch, Deltares Research Institute, case studies and models of Dutch Methods using natural processes for restoring and protecting coastal environments from increasing sea level, storm surges etc., that add value to tourism.

Evening reception 5:30-7:00  featuring special Marine Life Art exhibit from the Florida Craftsman Gallery, ReStich Tampa international design competition and other exhibitors

Tuesday May 1 TRANSPORTATION Track  9:30-12:30

9:30 to 10:30 Linking Transportation Financing to Economic Development and Smart Growth: Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, Chief Assistant County Attorney David A. Goldstein, and Growth Management Administrator Richard Gerhing. Pasco County’s new program utilizes innovative strategies to help fund multiple modes of travel and encourage urban development, economic development, and transit oriented and traditional neighborhood development. The presentation will focus on the planning, financial and legal strategies used to develop this program.

break 10:30 to 11:00

11:00 to 12:30 New Transit Funding and Campaign Strategies for Municipalities

Moderator: David Singer, Holland & Knight, Panelists Alan Wulkan, Managing Partner, InfraConsult LLC and Jeffrey Boothe, Partner, Holland & Knight Washington, D.C., discuss strategies and best practices drawn from successful  new transit start ups and define issues impacting planning, financing and effective community engagement.

Lunch 12:30-1:30

Assessing Our Transportation Infrastructure 1:30-3:00

Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk Assessment of New Jersey Transportation Infrastructure: Coastal Impact Scenarios – Chris Lynn, Manager, Office of Environmental Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Josh DeFlorio AICP, LEED AP, Cambridge Systematics, and Russel Jones,Stratus Consulting

FDOT Research: Florida’s Transportation Modes and Infrastructure: Assessment and Mitigation of Sea Level Rise Impacts.  Dr. Len Berry, Director, Florida Atlantic University Center for Environmental Solutions

Break 3:00-3:30

Workshop:  Implementing Effective Stakeholder Strategies: Alan Wulkan, InfraConsult LLC, reviews principles, approaches for creating effective strategies and campaigns to gain the support of business stakeholders and community leaders and achieve successful transit referendums.


Protecting Your Assets, Planning for Coastal Risks

8:00-8:30 Introductions and Overview: Dr. Michael Butler, Americas Regional Director, International Ocean Institute; Dr. Gary Mitchum, Associate Dean and Professor, USF College of Marine Science

8:30-900 Key Note: Building Community Resiliency Ms. Julie Dennis, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, presents the new statewide Community Resiliency Initiative.

9:00 to 10:30 Government Adaptation Planning and Insurance Risk Mitigation

Moderator: Susan Burrell, Ecowise-Solutions, LLC How can government, in collaboration with the insurance industry mitigate risk and build resilient coastal communities? Experts in back to back panel discussions will address current insurance models, adaptation measures, impact of adaptation on insurance risk, and insurance adaptation tools.

Local Government Perspective Panel 1:  Leah Cohen - New York City Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning, Mary Kimball, New York City Department of Planning, and Dr. Jennifer Jurado – the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact

Insurance Idustry Perspective Panel 2:  Joseph Gunset - General Counsel, Lloyd’s America, Inc, Christina Ashburn - Citizens Property Insurance, Lynne McChristian, - Insurance Information Institute and Alice LeBlanc, Environmental and Economic Consulting, and Kay Cleary, RMS.

Break 10:30-11:00

Concurrent Panel Sessions: 11:00 to 12:30 p.m.

Climate Change and the 4-County Compact: A Case Study in Regional Collaboration – Susanne M. Torrente, City of Fort Lauderdale, Jim Murley, South Florida Regional Planning Council, and Jayantha Obeysekera, Director, Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling, South Florida Water Management District.

Planning for Economic Recovery: Tampa Bay Disaster Resiliency Study: Patrick O'Neil, and Brady Smith, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and Luis Ordaz, Director of Resource Management & Constructions, Progress Energy  present findiings from the EDA-funded, two-year economic study on the impacts of a natural disaster. Presenters will discuss the project framework and methodology, with specific focus on employment, utilities, infrastructure, REMI PI+ Model, and Data Collection Template.

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

Concurrent Sessions 1:30-3:00

1. New Cost/Benefit Analysis Tool Improves Adaptation Decision Making: Dr. Sam Merrill, director of the New England Environmental Finance Center in Portland, present a new mapping tool which compares costs and benefits of different adaptation scenarios to storm surge and sea level rise for real estate and transportation infrastructure. Using Survey Condition Assessments to Evaluate Coastal Vulnerability, Todd Mitchell, Remote Sensing Manager, Fugro Consultants.

2. Land Use Regulations Impacting Coastal Development: Charles Pattison,  FAICP, Executive Director, 1000 Friends of Florida, Charles Gauthier FAICP, Morris-Depew Associates/former Director of the Division of Community Planning, Jay Liles, Policy Consultant to the Florida Wildlife Federation, and Gary Appelson, Policy Coordinator for The Sea Turtle Conservancy discuss consequences of well-meaning state insurance programs and state policies intended to manage growth in sensitive environmental areas that have encouraged inappropriate development in hazard zones.

Break 3:00-3:30


1) Gulf of Mexico Updates: New Orleans and Venice: Coastal Cities at Risk, Doug Daigle, Environmental Consultant/Educator,School of the Coast & Environment at Louisiana State; Coastal Louisiana Land Use Toolkit: Natural Resource Protection and Hazard Mitigation: Camille Manning-Broome, Director and Jeanette Dubinin, Program Manager, Center for Planning Excellence, Baton Rouge, LA and Lee Einsweiler, Principal at Code Studio, Austin, TX.  Resilient Tampa Bay Update: Jochen Eckart , Research Fellow, USF Global School of Sustainability new report about the local perspective of the National Flood Insurance Program and Paul Latham, USF Emergency Management.

2) International Updates: Mega Cities, Urban Regions & Coastal Zones: Understanding Dynamic Two-Way Interactions: Dr. Hartwig Kremer and Sophie Blackburn, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research LOICZ discuss findings of impacts of megacities on ecosystems; impact of environmental change on economies, societies; and synergies and trade-offs between development, disaster risk management, and emergent strategies of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Assessment of Natural Hazards and Climate Change on Coastal communities of Sri Lanka, Dr. Janaka Wijetunge, University of Peradeniya Civil Engineering, Sri Lanka.  Deltaprogram Coast 2100, architect Jenneka van Bergen discusses interaction between landscape, engineering and architectural design in response to climate.
 Dine Around Downtown St. Petersburg

THURSDAY MAY 3,  8:00-2:00 p.m.

 Five years ago, the Tampa Bay Partnership rallied the community around a regional visioning exercise called Reality Check in partnership with Urban Land Institute, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Southwest Water Management District and the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority.  From that exercise, One Bay: Livable Communities was launched and became the framework by which key growth and planning decisions are made. Panelists will discuss programs, success stories, lessons learned and Q&A with the audience to discuss issues that will impact the future of the region.
 Moderator: James Moore, HDR, Inc. and Chair, ULI Tampa Bay     Presenters: Elisa Degregorio, Tampa Bay Partnership; Holly Greening, Tampa Bay Estuary Program; Avera Wynne, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council

9:00 to 10:00 Exploring Smart Growth: Using Local Policy and Incentive Tools to Stimulate Environmental and Economic Health, Steve Tindale, Tindale Oliver & Associates and Nick Casalanguida, Collier County discuss how land use, mobility, economic policies and incentives can be used to enhance community health and the environment, reduce public infrastructure costs, and stimulate the tax base for local governments. Several Florida case studies will be examined, including recommendations being considered in Collier County as part of its Master Mobility Plan.

Break 10:00 to 10:30

10:30-12:00 SPECIAL Workshop: Creating Value with Public Spaces

Overview and Introduction by Shannon Bassett, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design.  Author of Urban Land Institute book, Urban Design and the Bottom Line, and planning expert, Dennis Jerke, ASLA, Texas A&M University will present a holistic design process and methodology to generate greater value, and calculate the quadruple net value (economic, social/cultural, environmental and sensory) created by green space, urban waterways, transportation and the built environment. Jerke explains the verifiable figures and practical lessons learned from major public projects. Attend this and learn how to more accurately define the benefits and impact of good, pre-investment design upon the community, businesses, city officials and the developer.

Dennis Jerke has 32+ years of experience as an urban planner and landscape architect. Prior to joining TAMU, he was a Principal with TBG Partners in Houston and Managing Partner at Carter & Burgess, Inc. He has overseen more than 300 significant land development and public projects across the Southwest.

12:00 to 1:00 Defining Priorities and Achieving Goals (Lunch and facilitated Discussion and book signing)

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