Sea level rise, economic opportunities and regional resiliency are all related, according to a panel of experts gathered in Hampton Roads recently.
Speakers included Rick Weddle, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, Christine Morris, Norfolk’s chief resilience officer and Paul Olsen, director of federal, commonwealth and municipal programs and partnerships at Old Dominion University, at the Cox Business Executive Discussion Series moderated by Cathy Lewis, host of “HearSay” on WHRV radio.
Weddle said everyone benefits from improved economic and environmental resiliency.
“Just because your business or your home is not directly on the coastline or a floodway or a river doesn’t mean you’re not going to be impacted,” Weddle said. “If your supply chain doesn’t work, you don’t work,” Weddle said. “And over time, if you are in an area that doesn’t mitigate the risk, then others will begin to disinvest.”