AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
Fall Conference Edition September 2011
2011 AFMA Fall Conference Announced Conference Cookout
2011 Fall Conference Announced

AFMA Fall Conference
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

September 25 - 28, 2011

AFMAThis multi-day event provides a comprehensive review of sound floodplain management best practices, complete with expert presentations from federal agencies, other state floodplain management associations, and peers from among the AFMA membership.

Topics this year include:

  • NFIP Reform

  • Risk Map Outreach

  • Substantial Damage Determination

  • Repetitive Loss and Severe Loss Properties

View the 2011 AFMA fall conference agenda.

Click here to register for this event and for additional information about directions and hotel accommodations.

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From the Chair
As Congress continues to debate future funding for FEMA, the rest of us are preparing to leave for the weekend and several of us are heading for the 2011 AFMA fall conference in Eureka Springs. But before you head out, I wanted to share a few thoughts.
The economy continues to limp along and grant funding sources at times can seem to be scarce to none. Budgets are being cut from the municipal, county and state levels and in many cases the future seems uncertain.
The AFMA Board of Directors is very much aware that many of you can only choose to attend one professional development event each year in these difficult times. And we would like to thank you for choosing to be with us, your peers in floodplain management.
In return, the AFMA conference committee has worked all year with the board to organize the best value for your dollar. Our time last year and again this year in Eureka Springs has enabled AFMA to keep costs low in an economy where cost-of-business increases are abundant.
So as many of us prepare to enter the new fiscal year, the time spent at the conference we are about to attend will certainly pay off. We have key representatives of FEMA, Region VI attending again this year. No other floodplain association conference in the country enjoys the level of FEMA connectivity than we do. Take advantage of it!
Of course we have a plethora of other industry experts also lined up to make presentations for you. We are pleased to welcome back Steve “Wild Man” Wilson as our keynote speaker for the annual AFMA awards luncheon. If you missed him last year, you’re in for a real treat.
Our Monday afternoon field session is an EXCLUSIVE sneak peek at the soon-to-open Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. This is THE ONLY pre-opening tour of the facility and AFMA is pleased to extend this opportunity to attendees of the 2011 fall conference.
Those of you arriving Sunday night will be treated to an excellent outdoor poolside welcome reception. The pool will be open, so if you care to take a dip, it’s still available. And it will be heated if necessary. And for everyone that likes football, we have arranged for a large screen projection system that will display both Sunday and Monday night football games.
It looks as if temperatures will be more seasonable once we arrive in Eureka Springs, so please be sure to check the forecast and plan accordingly. It should be a good time regardless.
That’s all from my desk at the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. I look forward to personally visiting with each of you and learning how this great organization can be of better service toward your goals of better floodplain management.

Please drive safely!
Richard Penn, PE, CFM
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