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Meeting the Challenge

Hampton Roads Sea-Level Rise and Preparedness Action Items at the Federal Level

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June 30, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The event took place at
Ted Constant Center, Old Dominion University
4320 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23529

Introduction of Members of Congress (9:00-9:05): John Broderick, President, Old Dominion University
Welcoming Remarks (9:05-9:25): Senator Tim Kaine
Congressman Scott Rigell
Congressman Bobby Scott
Congressman Rob Wittman
Introduction of Panel 1 (9:25-9:35): Mayor Paul Fraim
Panel 1 (9:35-10:25): Federal policy activities and needs: From studies to action
Work is underway at the regional and federal levels on addressing the challenges of sea-level rise. How are federal efforts of particular importance to Hampton Roads? What regional needs can be addressed at the federal level? What is the current state-of-play of infrastructure coordination between federal military installations and Hampton Roads localities? Mayor Fraim will speak at the top and introduce panelists, who will field questions from Members.
Panelists:Alice Hill, Senior Advisor for Preparedness and Resilience, National Security Council
RADM Jonathan White, Oceanographer of the Navy
RADM Kevin Slates, Dir. Chief of Naval Operations, Energy and Environmental Readiness
John Conger, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment)
Greg Steele, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Norfolk District
Jim Redick, Secure Commonwealth Panel & Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, City of Norfolk
Skip Stiles, Executive Director, Wetlands Watch
Break (10:25-10:45)
Introduction of Panel 2 (10:45-10:55): Mayor Will Sessoms
Panel 2 (10:55-11:45): Leveraging regional and inter-agency bodies
The whole-of-government task force announced at the ODU Tech Surge, the General Assembly's recurrent flooding subpanel, the Governor's Climate Resiliency Commission, and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission are all doing important work on marshalling the technical and policy work of stakeholders across government, academia, and the private sector. How can we best leverage these groups' expertise and missions? Mayor Sessoms will speak at the top and introduce panelists, who will field questions from Members.
Panelists:CAPT (USN RET) Ray Toll, Navy/NOAA liaison, Old Dominion University
VADM (USN RET) David Architzel, Dir. of Military Affairs, Old Dominion University
Molly Ward, Secretary of Natural Resources
(invited) Sen. Mamie Locke, Senate District 2, Virginia General Assembly
Del. Chris Stolle, House District 83, Virginia General Assembly
Randy Keaton, Executive Director, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Closing remarks and press availability (11:45-12:00)