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Hurricane Harvey Recovery & Resiliency: The Future of Houston Area Stormwater Infrastructure
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Join us for lunch and a provocative panel discussion during Infrastructure Week. We’ll discuss how regional stormwater management infrastructure fared during the storm, infrastructure recovery needs, and resiliency plans going forward. Questions regarding the program? Please contact Michael Bloom at (281) 921-8784. Registration issues? Please contact Mike Sosa at or (512) 472-8905.

When: Friday, May 18, 2018
11:15 AM
Where: HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas  77056
United States

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11:15 AM - Registration & Networking

11:45 AM - Opening Remarks: Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge, and Vice Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Davis, Council Member, District B

12:00 PM - Panel Discussion

Carol Haddock PE, Director, Houston Public Works

Alan Black PE, Director, Engineering Division, Harris County Flood Control District

Kathleen Jackson PE, Board Member, Texas Water Development Board

Eddie Williams, PA Group Supervisor, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Moderator: Steve Costello PE, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston

12:50 PM - Closing Remarks: Jeff Moseley, CEO, Texas Association of Business 

1:00 PM - Adjourn


Last August Hurricane Harvey caused extreme flooding across Houston and other areas of Southeast Texas. Today there are still many questions regarding an appropriate path forward for local, statewide, and national flood management.  This Infrastructure Week, the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) invites you to attend a provocative panel discussion about how regional stormwater infrastructure fared during Hurricane Harvey, current infrastructure recovery needs, and future resiliency plans. Topics will include lessons learned and a potential statewide stormwater management plan.  Panelists represent a broad range of local, state and federal stakeholders who dealt personally with recovery efforts and will be involved in the evolving discussion on stormwater management for the foreseeable future. 

The event will include:

  • Plated Lunch,
  • Opening remarks,
  • A facilitated panel discussion, and
  • A period of questions and answers from the audience


Carol Haddock PE, Director, Houston Public Works


Carol Ellinger Haddock, P.E., is the Director of Houston Public Works, the largest American Public Works Association Accredited Public Works Department in the United States. Houston Public Works is responsible for streets and drainage, production and distribution of water, collection and treatment of wastewater, and permitting and regulation of public and private construction. 


The Department has over 3,900 employees and an annual budget of $2.3 billion. Carol has an extensive background managing capital engineering projects and programs and has worked for the City of Houston for thirteen years. Carol is a licensed Professional Engineer, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rice University and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Houston.


Alan Black PE, Director, Engineering Division, Harris County Flood Control District

After graduating from Georgia Tech, Alan worked as a Private Engineering Design Consultant in Houston for 13 years, designing and managing primarily public works projects. He came to Harris County Flood Control District as a Project Manager in 2008, later taking over management of the Project Management Department. He now serves as Director of the Engineering Division and currently lives in Cypress with his wife and 9 year-old daughter.

Kathleen Jackson PE, Board Member, Texas Water Development Board

Kathleen Jackson was reappointed to the Texas Water Development Board by Governor Greg Abbott on March 9, 2017. She was appointed to the Board by Governor Rick Perry on March 18, 2014. Jackson has a diverse background representing agricultural, environmental, industrial, and wholesale-supply interests, which includes developing and implementing water management strategies for Southeast Texas. As a registered professional engineer, Jackson served as public affairs manager for one of the world's largest petroleum and petrochemical producers.


Additionally, she was involved in production agriculture with her late husband, who ran a cattle operation and farmed rice. She served as a past member of the Lower Neches Valley Authority Board of Directors, the Texas Water Conservation Association, and participated on the Sabine and Neches Rivers Bay and Estuary Environmental Flows Assessment Program Stakeholders Committee.

She is also a board member and past president of the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Beaumont, a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, past president of the American Cancer Society of North Jefferson County, and a past board member of Junior Achievement of the Golden Triangle.


Jackson received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University. Jackson has three children, sixth-generation Texans who all reside and work in Texas, and three grandchildren. She is a long-time resident of Beaumont.


Eddie Williams, PA Group Supervisor, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Eddie Williams is currently the Public Assistance Group Supervisor of the FEMA Houston Branch Office.  He is responsible for overseeing the delivery of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Infrastructure grants to public and private non-profit entities impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.  He has been employed with FEMA since October 2005.  He serves as Infrastructure Branch Director in Louisiana.  He also served as Infrastructure Branch Director in New York City after Hurricane Sandy.

He received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2004. Prior to his arrival at FEMA, Mr. Williams served as Director of Facilities at Total Community Action, Inc, a non-profit agency in New Orleans. He has been instrumental in assisting the agency with the development and implementation of innovative policies that help sub-recipients maximize their FEMA funding while building more resilient infrastructure that meets the needs of the community.


Steve Costello PE, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston



Steve is an engineer with a background in flood control and drainage. His first job in Texas was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Galveston.  He co-founded Costello, Inc. in 1991, a Houston civil engineering and surveying firm named repeatedly as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Houston Business Journal.  He served as president of the local and state chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies and was named “Engineer of the Year” in 2014 by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. 


Steve served as an at-large member of the Houston City Council for six years from January 2010 to December 2015.  In May of 2016, Mayor Turner appointed Mr. Costello as the city’s chief resilience officer. His primary task is to focus on the flooding and drainage issues facing the city, thus his “Flood Czar” label.


Steve is currently an active board member of Family Houston, a 114-year old nonprofit providing case management and counseling services to families in need.  He also has served on the boards of the Memorial Park Conservancy, SER Jobs for Progress, and Marathon Kids.


Steve is a longtime runner and triathlete. He and his wife Debbie raised two sons in Houston and are now proud grandparents to three granddaughters.


Closing Remarks


Jeff Moseley, CEO, Texas Association of Business


Jeff Moseley has four decades of public and private sector experience, particularly in the transportation industry and economic development. Currently, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Association of Business, the largest business association in Texas, representing over 2800 businesses, from major corporations to small start-ups.  Combined those businesses employ over 2.5 million Texans and drive the economic engine of the state.


Most recently, he served as state Vice President of Government Affairs for Texas Central Partners LLC, a private company developing a new high-speed rail system between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth.  He led engagement efforts with local governmental entities. Before that, Moseley was appointed by former Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) to the five-member Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and a $12 billion annual budget. During his tenure, Moseley served as the Vice Chairman of the Commission and was the Commission Liaison to the Texas Ports communities and chair of the Safety Advisory Committee. 


Previously, Moseley was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), the primary business organization for the 11-county Houston region. Under his leadership, the GHP gained national recognition as a center for economic development and became the largest chamber of commerce in the Lone Star State with a board consisting of 130 business leaders representing companies with a combined annual revenue of $1.6 trillion. Under his leadership, the economic development initiative Opportunity Houston was launched.  That campaign successfully raised $32 million for marketing, which was recognized as the largest in the nation.


Prior to joining the GHP, Moseley was Chief Executive Officer of the Office for Economic Development and Tourism for the state of Texas and served as the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Economic Development (formerly the Texas Department of Commerce). Under his direction, the Department was instrumental in bringing the Toyota Tundra manufacturing facility to San Antonio and the move of CITGO to Houston.  He was a strategic team member in the launch and administration of the $295 million Texas Enterprise Fund.  He also reestablished formal trade missions to Mexico with an emphasis on oil and gas.


Moseley was elected to county office and served as Denton County Judge and Justice of the Peace before joining the Governor’s office. During his time as County Judge he successfully secured more than $70 million in funding from TxDOT, including a $27 million bridge and road package, a historic first for the county. He was elected to three terms as County Judge and managed to reduce the ad valorem tax rate while piloting one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.

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