Auburn University to host forum on Gulf Coast recovery in Orange Beach

AUBURN – Auburn University will host a forum in Orange Beach, Ala., Oct. 5-6 to explore ways to support recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The forum at the Perdido Beach Resort is open to the public; pre-registration is required.

The forum, “Alabama Road to Restoration: Integrated Recovery Strategies for the Gulf Coast,” will convene those with significant roles in the restoration and renewal of the communities, economy and environment affected by the oil spill. Speakers include local citizens and businesspeople, local officials, directors of regional and state agencies, health care professionals, legislators, scientists and senior administrators from federal agencies.

A series of panel discussions will provide viewpoints and expertise on issues related to the oil spill, including environmental impact; survival and continuity of business; effects on mental and physiological human health; response and emergency management; and federal perspectives on recovery.

“The Gulf of Mexico’s successful recovery depends on a vigorous and ongoing conversation among Gulf Coast stakeholders and the institutions, organizations and policymakers charged with identifying and providing regulatory and other assistance for the restoration,” said John Mason, Auburn University’s associate provost and vice president for research. “The forum will provide a collegial foundation for this conversation and lead to research based on consensus and a strategy for the Gulf Coast that is sound and sensitive to the future.”

Auburn’s partners for the forum are the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Conservation, Alabama Department of Homeland Security, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama Department of Tourism, Alabama Emergency Agency, Alabama Department of Public Safety, and the Governor’s Office of Work Force Development.

The registration fee is $60 and does not include travel and lodging. For additional information about the conference or to register, go to http://www.auburn.edu/cgs/restore or call (334) 844-5100.

Contact: Don-Terry Veal, (334) 844-4781 (vealdon@auburn.edu),
Larry Fillmer, (334) 844-6140 (larry.fillmer@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)