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MPC Roundtable
Smart Systems, Resilient Regions

May 20, 2014, Noon to 1:30 p.m.

This is a past event

Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400

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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 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.

MPC thanks Siemens for sponsoring this roundtable.

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Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616

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