Recovery and Resilience: Facing Disasters of the Future

Lecture and panel discussion with Jim Schwab, FAICP

Friday, February 22, 2019 – 3:30-5:30 pm | West Palm Beach
Hosted by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) 

300 Clematis St #200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Reception to follow 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Pistache French Bistro
101 N Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Approved for 2 AICP CM credits

Sponsored by
Treasure Coast Section of APA
Palm Beach County Planning Congress

Natural disasters are getting bigger, costs are skyrocketing, and many of our communities are not adequately prepared. On the other hand, it’s time to realize dividends from wise investments in hazard mitigation–from making significant policy changes to steer development into better designs and locations–and from rethinking the way we organize disaster recovery through planning. Learn about the studies and best practices that have paved the way to a smarter future if only political and civic leaders in vulnerable communities will seize the moment and assert new leadership to take advantage of what we already know.


3:30 – 3:45 pm  Opening Remarks and Introduction to the topic by John Renne, PhD, AICP, CUES

3:45 – 4:45 pm  Lecture by Jim Schwab, FAICP

4:45 – 5:30 pm  Panel Discussion

  • Jim Schwab, FAICP
  • Alka Sapat, PhD
  • Hank Savitch, PhD
  • Link Walther, FAICP
  • moderated by John Renne, PhD, AICP


Join us for a lecture with James Schwab, Recovery and   Resilience: Facing Disasters of the Future,  followed by a panel discussion and reception.

Jim Schwab, FAICP, has served as assistant editor of  Planning, as a senior research associate of the APA Research Department, and manager of the APA Hazards Planning Center. He is the principal of Jim Schwab Consulting LLC, as well as an author, speaker, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. The Association of State Floodplain Managers awarded him its highest honor, the Goddard-White Award.