Adapting to Weather Extremes: the Economic Impact in Iowa

December 11, 2013
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
HyVee Hall, Des Moines, IA

Over the past few years Iowa has been experiencing swings from one weather extreme to another (severe storms, floods and drought). These extreme fluctuations are expensive and are negatively affecting Iowa agriculture, businesses, government and people.

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December 11, 2013

Continental Breakfast and Registration
Welcome Remarks
Director Public Policy Center
President Board of Regents, State of Iowa
Keynote: Changes in Severe Weather Patterns, Economic Impacts
Assistant Director ISU Climate Science Program, Iowa State University
Presentations on Natural Resource Management Issues
Professor of Law & International Studies Senior Associate to the President University of Iowa
Director Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Chief of the Geological & Water Survey Bureau/Hydrology Coordinator Iowa Department of Natural Resources
CEO and General Manager Des Moines Water Works
Networking Break
Presentations on Agricultural Issues
Director Public Policy Center
Secretary Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Professor of Agronomy Director, Iowa Water Center, Iowa State University
Program Manager Iowa Learning Farms; Director, Water Rocks!
Director of Research and Commodity Services Iowa Farm Bureau Chief Science Officer, AgraGate Climate Credits Corporation
Lunch and Presentation: Challenges to our Economy from Insurance Industry Managing Additional Risk
Insurance Commissioner of the State of Iowa
Anticipating Economic Impacts of the 2012 Drought in Iowa
Associate Scientist Department of Economics Iowa State University
Presentations on Infrastructure Issues
Director Transportation Research Program, PPC Urban and Regional Planning Department of Economics University of Iowa
Director Iowa Department of Transportation
Director of Energy Delivery Operations Support Alliant Energy
Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics College of Engineering, University of Iowa
Director IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa
Director Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Policy Development
Iowa State Senator
Representative Iowa State House District 29
Senator State of Iowa, District 33
Mayor City of Des Moines
Environmental Coordinator City of Iowa City
Wrap Up
The Forkenbrock Series provides a forum for dialogue about policy areas from applied, academic, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The series was established in honor of David Forkenbrock, a nationally recognized transportation researcher. Dr. Forkenbrock established the Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa in 1987 and directed the Center until 2007. His vision was to enable public and private sector decision makers to work with faculty, staff, and student researchers to explore solutions to complex problems related to the public interest.
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