Speaking Engagements

Trained not only as an urban planner, but also as a journalist, Jim Schwab has always seen effective communication as central to the role of an effective planning professional. In addition to an extensive list of publications, Jim has appeared frequently on conference panels, as a keynote speaker, in news media interviews, and in other forums where he has advocated and advanced the role of planning in addressing natural hazards and other environmental and urban issues. He is now available as an independent and highly articulate public speaker for conferences, college lecture series, and many other venues. He is represented in this capacity by Deene Alongi, formerly the Conferences and Meetings Director for APA, who is now engaged independently as a speaker representative.

For potential engagements involving Jim, contact Deene at: deenealongi@outlook.com

Upcoming Presentations

  • October 2: “Hazard Mitigation as a Local Planning Priority,” Session Presentation, Growing Sustainable Communities Conference, Dubuque (IA) Convention Center
  • October 18: Panelist, “Hazard Mitigation Planning Innovations for Iowa Communities,” Iowa APA Conference, Mid-America Convention Center, Council Bluffs, IA
  • November 15: 2018 Focus Conference, Workshop Presentation, Wisconsin Dells, WI, “Fundamentals of Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery”

Recent Presentations

APA 2018 National Planning Conference (New Orleans – April 21-24)

  • April 23: Advancing Resilience Through Community Planning – 1:00 – 2:15 PM
  • April 24: Waterworld: Old Movie Turned New Reality – 8:30 -9:45 AM
  • April 24: A Team Approach to Wildfire Planning – 10:15 – 11:30 AM

2017 Presentations:

  • September 26: Panel presentation, North Carolina APA Conference, Greenville: “Advancing Resilience Through Community Planning”
  • September 27: Panel presentation, North Carolina APA Conference, Greenville: “Land Subdivision in the Floodplains of Rural North Carolina”
  • October 26: Keynote for joint Texas APA/Texas APHA roundtable workshop in Canton, TX
  • December 6: Keynote for Resilient Salt Lake County Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

Past Presentations

  • March 29, 2017: Lead speaker on opening panel, “Utilizing Climate Science to Inform Municipal Planning and Increase Resilience,” University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • February 7, 2017: Panel presentation, Coastal GeoTools Conference, Charleston, SC: “Planning for Resilience”

– Testimonial –

“Jim’s work with FEMA since the 1998 Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction PAS Report culminated in 2010 with Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning, the PAS Report issued in May 2010.  During the intervening years between those reports, each major disaster reinforced the lesson that disaster mitigation planning is best and most effectively accomplished when it is integrated with all ongoing community planning.  With such a wide scope, Jim focused this project by convening the “best and brightest” researchers and practitioners in the varied disciplines involved in planning and disaster mitigation in a scoping symposium.  His ability to reach out to creative and resourceful people active in these fields all around the nation was key to the success of the final product, and just as important to helping the planning profession recognize and assume its essential role in the disaster resilience and sustainability of American communities.” 

– Terry Baker,
FEMA National Hazard Mitigation Planning Program Manager (retired)

For a full list Jim’s past speaking engagements, click here.