The Premier Flood Conference
The Association of State Floodplain Managers will convene the world's largest and most comprehensive floodplain management conference – our 40th annual gathering – June 19– 24, 2016, at DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We invite you to share your experiences with local, state, regional, tribal and federal officials, industry leaders, consultants and a wide variety of subject matter experts from diverse fields who will give presentations relevant to our theme, "Great Lakes, Grand Partners".
Our 2016 conference is a focus on partnership. PARTNER is defined as a person (or entity) who engages in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business or company with shared risks and profits; being united with others in an activity or sphere of common interest. The State of Michigan has long been a strong partner and leader in the Midwest with innovative mitigation tools and regulations to protect its people and environment.
The Great Lakes (also called the Laurentian Great Lakes, the Third Coast or the Great Lakes of North America) are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes located in northeastern North America, on the Canada-US border. They connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence River. Consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario, they form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, containing 21 percent of the world's surface fresh water by volume. Grand Rapids is 30 miles east of Lake Michigan, with the Grand River snaking through the midst of the city and flowing into Lake Michigan. Clearly water issues abound in this region and we will learn well from our colleagues here!
The conference is conducted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the world's leading voice for sound floodplain management, with 17,000 practitioners, 9,200 Certified Floodplain Managers, 36 chapters, and 73 corporate and agency Partners world-wide.