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The Corporate & Economic Risks, Rewards & Trade-Offs of Sea Level Rise for Coastal Companies and Municipalities in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia & Florida



Draft Agenda


Day 1




7:30 Continental Breakfast


8:15 Chairs’ Opening Remarks

8:30 The Future of Coastal Economies in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida


(Economists, analysts, consultants and bankers will participate.)


Moderator: Sponsor


9:30 CEO Sentiment


(CEOs of coastal companies – one from each state)


Moderator: CEO from a coastal region


10:30 Break: Sponsored by: (TBD)


11:00 Keynote Presentation: Katharine Wilkinson—Senior Writer at Project Drawdown


11:45 From Within the Eye of The Storm: Mayors’ Panel


(Mayors from coastal communities – one from each state)

Mayor John Tecklenburg, Charleston, SC (confirmed)

Mayor Billy Keyserling, Beaufort, SC (confirmed)

Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte, NC (confirmed)

Mayor Nancy Shaver, Saint Augustine, FL (confirmed)


Moderator: Sponsor



12:45 Lunch & Luncheon Keynote: The Realities of Risk—Bob Litterman, Ex-Global Head of Risk at Goldman Sachs

The Economics of Sea Level Rise—New Weather Norms


2:00 Insurance: At What Cost or Even at All? – Raghuveer Vinukollu, Ph.D.—Natural Catastrophe Solutions Manager, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

2:30 Real Estate: Anticipating Property Value Volatility—Sponsor


3:00 The Employee Experience: Will “Nuisance” Become “Intolerable”?—Sponsor


3:30 Break: Sponsored by: (TBD)


4:00 Innovations Session I


4:45 Innovations Session II


(Innovations sessions will showcase leading innovations that can be adopted by communities to help build resiliency against sea level rise.)

5:30 Reception


7:00 Private Mayors’ Dinner: Sponsored by: (TBD)



Day 2




7:30 Continental Breakfast: Sponsored by: (TBD)


8:15 Chairs’ Opening Remarks

8:30 The Risks of Not Preparing: When, Where & What—A Living Example of the Economic Effects of Sea Level Rise: The Forecast for Sea Level Rise in Charleston


Professor Norman Levine and his team will present the results of The Lowcountry Study funded by the South Carolina Aquarium and CCA.


9:30 Rewards for the Prepared: Building Resiliency & Rewards Through Public-Private Partnerships


10:30 Break: Sponsored by: (TBD)


11:00 Building Corporate Resiliency and Mitigation: Interface Keynote Address—Erin Meezan, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface



12:15 Lunch


1:30 Workshops Part One


  1. Led by corporates

  2. Led by municipality executives


  1. Contingency Planning for Coastal Businesses

  2. Structuring Local, State, and Federal Funding for Resiliency—Mike Eckhart, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup


2:30 Workshops Part Two


  1. Investing in Opportunity: Benefitting from the Influx of Billions of Dollars in Resiliency Capital

  2. Getting to The Front of the Federal Resiliency Dollars Line: Developing Your Municipalities Story


3:30 Break


4:00 Trade-offs Between Staying or Leaving: Harnessing the Storm: The Business Case for Resiliency, Mitigation, and Staying Put



5:00 Event Concludes

The Gaillard Center in Charleston
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