The recent earthquakes in Southern California have highlighted the need for disaster planning for policymakers. National, state, and local stakeholders are increasingly concerned with the risks of climate change, aging infrastructure, and economic uncertainty. Mindful of these threats, resiliency analysis has become critical to the missions of federal, state, and regional agencies.
Resilience also highlights the connection between environmental policy and other policy priorities. A greater understanding of the economic consequences of environmental shifts requires that policymakers consider these impacts in diverse types of rulemaking. Rigorous environmental standards, environmental attainment goals, changing energy markets, and resilience to natural disasters are all now necessary lenses through which to view the long-term impact of any given policy.
REMI Economic Associate Cameron Luther and Economist Keith Waters, Ph.D. will be hosting a seminar entitled “Planning for Disaster: Resilience in Economic Forecasting” on Wednesday, August 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sacramento, California that describes how to evaluate and quantify economic resilience in the energy, environmental, transportation, and public finance sectors.
This event will also feature Economist Aaron McGregor from AECOM presenting on the significant economic risk that severe storms and rising sea levels pose to coastal regions and their business communities. His presentation, “Modeling the Economic Impacts of Sea-Level Rise and Coastal Storms: A Case Study Using REMI in Dania Beach, FL,” is focused on a case study in Florida, although the approaches used are broadly transferable to understanding the potential economic impacts of natural hazards in California, such as floods, fires, and earthquakes.
Economic resilience is a vital component of resiliency analysis as it refers to an economy’s ability to withstand and appropriately respond to a disruption. A disaster tends to bring about physical damages, but citizens are typically unaware of the toll it takes on the local economy, as well as the organizations tasked with recovery efforts.
Metropolitan planning organizations and regional planning commissions prepare for disruptions caused by natural events such as hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. Transportation departments evaluate risks posed to critical infrastructure, such as bridges and tunnels. Budget and revenue departments forecast the eventuality of a recession and budget shortfalls.
The elevation in the awareness and frequency of disasters provides more opportunities to prepare for devastation. Whether it is lobbying for grant funding, quantifying an organization’s resilience output, or calculating the impacts of a disaster to diverse stakeholders, economic modeling can enhance regional planning strategies as we advance toward the full incorporation of resilience.
This seminar includes presentations on the impact of resilience planning, descriptions of analyses completed using REMI’s economic modeling software, and the methodological approaches implemented.
If you would like to attend this event, please email Kendell Sweeney-Thomas at Kendell.Sweeney-Thomas@remi.com, contact us by phone at (413) 549-1169, or click below to register.
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Aaron McGregor, an Economist and Senior Associate at AECOM, specializes in applied public policy analysis. In his 10-plus years of experience in social science research and economic analysis, he has worked with government agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and private entities.
Mr. McGregor’s work is rooted in understanding the relationships between land use strategies in the built and natural environment and changes in economic activity and well-being. A large portfolio of his work addresses the socioeconomic impacts from a changing climate, as well as the costs and benefits of adaptation measures that can help communities manage these increasing risks.
He has participated as an advisor and technical lead on a number of climate change vulnerability and adaptation studies, co-authored articles and reports on these topics, presented his work at professional conferences and meetings, provided expert testimony, and sat on committees to inform public policy.
Before joining AECOM, Mr. McGregor worked as an Economist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a Social Scientist with the California Ocean Science Trust, and an Economic Researcher with the State of California. He received his undergraduate degree from Westmont College and his graduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.)  => Array ( [speakers_name] => Cameron Luther [speakers_designation] => REMI [speakers_image] => Array ( [ID] => 3875 [id] => 3875 [title] => Cameron Luther [filename] => Cameron-Luther-e1529328226445.jpg [filesize] => 12715 [url] => https://www.remi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cameron-Luther-e1529328226445.jpg [link] => https://www.remi.com/events-site/cameron-luther/ [alt] => [author] => 1 [description] => [caption] => [name] => cameron-luther [status] => inherit [uploaded_to] => 1409 [date] => 2018-06-18 13:23:32 [modified] => 2018-11-15 14:56:46 [menu_order] => 0 [mime_type] => image/jpeg [type] => image [subtype] => jpeg [icon] => https://www.remi.com/wp-includes/images/media/default.png [width] => 275 [height] => 183 [sizes] => Array ( [thumbnail] => https://www.remi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cameron-Luther-150x150.jpg [thumbnail-width] => 150 [thumbnail-height] => 150 [medium] => https://www.remi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cameron-Luther-300x199.jpg [medium-width] => 300 [medium-height] => 199 [medium_large] => https://www.remi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cameron-Luther-768x511.jpg [medium_large-width] => 768 [medium_large-height] => 511 [large] => https://www.remi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cameron-Luther-1024x681.jpg [large-width] => 1024 [large-height] => 681 [1536x1536] => https://www.remi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cameron-Luther-e1529328226445.jpg [1536x1536-width] => 275 [1536x1536-height] => 183 [2048x2048] => https://www.remi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Cameron-Luther-e1529328226445.jpg [2048x2048-width] => 275 [2048x2048-height] => 183 ) ) [speakers_description] =>
Cameron Luther is an Economic Associate at REMI, responsible for client support and business development. Mr. Luther joined the REMI team as a recent graduate of The Ohio State University. While studying at Ohio State, Mr. Luther was heavily involved in Columbus’ Smart Cities program. He served as a liaison between Columbus and OSU, assisting the city with academic expertise. He was also a founder of Smart Campus, a student group dedicated to applying novel technology to campus problems. As a result, he is interested in using REMI’s many products, such as TranSight, to model to analyze the complex effects of smarter cities and other economic issues related to the regional economy.
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Keith Waters, Ph.D. is an Economist at REMI. Dr. Waters has experience researching regional economic development, analyzing the geographic allocation of economic activity, and incorporating geography into an agent-based model to study firm formation’s linkages with inter-regional migration and the spatial distribution of labor within a country.
Prior to joining REMI, Dr. Waters worked with organizations such as the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments, the U.S. Economics and Statistics Administration, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration compiling research and data for reports on geography, economic and community development, and economic impact studies.
Since completing his education, Dr. Waters has been a teaching assistant and lecturer, speaking on subjects related to public policy, GIS and spatial analysis, regional economic development, and statistics.
Embassy Suites Sacramento-Riverfront Promenade
100 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
Thank you for your interest in REMI. Your registration is confirmed for our seminar “Planning for Disaster: Resilience in Economic Forecasting” on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019.
The event will take place from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Embassy Suites Sacramento-Riverfront Promenade, Stagecoach Room on 100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814.
We will call a day or so before the event to confirm your attendance and to see if you have any questions. Please feel free to share the invitation with any other staff or colleagues who may be interested.
We look forward to seeing you in Sacramento!
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