Summit on Resilience – Securing Our Future through Public-Private Partnerships, January 11, 2012

High level corporate and government executives from US and abroad converge to address growing concern about gaps in public/private cooperation for rebuilding after mass disasters.

Tom Ridge
 

Little-noticed gaps in rebuilding businesses and communities after disasters to be addressed by international conferees at Pace Jan. 11

Tom Ridge and UN’s Margareta Wahlström to keynote

Key participants available for interviews

WHAT: After the first responders leave, what happens next? High level corporate and government executives from US and abroad converge to address growing concern about gaps in public/private cooperation for rebuilding after mass disasters.

WHEN: This Wednesday, January 11, 9 am-4 PM

WHERE: Pace University downtown Manhattan campus, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Spruce Street entrance (east of City Hall between Park Row and Gold Street). Media admission by press pass.

WHO: Tom Ridge, first US Secretary of Homeland Security; Margareta Wahlström, head of the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction; CEOs of Verizon and Rudin Management; Vice President of Atlantic Health System; security chiefs for Boeing, Target, Southern California Edison, and Mass. General Hospital; government disaster chiefs from state of Florida, Los Angeles, and NYC, policy and academic experts.

Summit participants are available for media interviews before and during the conference subject to scheduling arrangements.

Organized by Pace, the event has attracted financial sponsorship from two of the organizations sending participants, The Boeing Company and Target Brands Inc.

Margareta Wahlstrom

COMMENTS: “If a dirty bomb went off in lower Manhattan and contaminated everything, responding would require an unprecedented level of cooperation. If it happened tomorrow, we’d basically be starting from nowhere.” — Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace University

“…Cyber security… and response and recovery after a cataclysmic event… cry out for collaboration at the highest level, and they require [a] commitment from both the private and the public sectors to partner in perpetuity.” – Tom Ridge, keynote speaker

“Air, rail, shipping and highways, all of which are essential to our business and the nation’s economic vitality, could be seriously impacted during a disaster. We have a vested interest in protecting this critical infrastructure and are pleased to be a part of an effort to raise the level of awareness around these issues.” — Dave  Komendat, panelist. (Vice President and Chief Security Officer of The Boeing Company).

Pace media relations: Chris Cory 212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu.

Bill Caldwell, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

Conference website www.pace.edu/resilience

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