• [ December 11, 2013 ]
    Des Moines, IA

  • Conference: Adapting to Weather Extremes– The Economic Impact in Iowa


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.

Please join us for a day-long symposium that will address some of the current and future challenges facing key sectors of Iowa’s economy due to extreme weather, the costs of these impacts, and how these sectors are mitigating and adapting to change. The symposium will be held Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at HyVee Hall, Des Moines, Iowa

State government keynotes include:

Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Chuck Gipp, Iowa Director of Natural Resources
Paul Trombino III, Director, Iowa Department of Transportation
Nick Gerhart, Iowa Insurance Commissioner
Mark Schouten, Director, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Bruce Rastetter, President of the Iowa Board of Regents.

Leading faculty and researchers from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa will share their relevant work.

State policy makers have also been invited to discuss the implications for future policy in Iowa.

Co-sponsoring the event are: the University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER)University of Iowa Hydroscience and Engineering (IIHR), the Climate Science Program at Iowa State University, and the Iowa Water Center.

The cost is $25 and includes lunch, $10 for students.

For more information on the symposium, visit the University of Iowa- Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy website.