Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hear from Rick Cotton, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, as he shares his thoughts about the economic impact of Covid-19 on New York and New Jersey transportation as a leader of one of the most important regions in the world.Covering air, rail, land, and sea, the New York and New Jersey region is served by one of the most extensive transit systems in the world. Transportation is the backbone of the region’s economy, providing access to jobs and education and enabling intra-city and inter-state travel.In this episode, Schneps Media CEO Josh Schneps spoke with Cotton about how he sees travelers being able to and having the confidence to go in and out of the airports safe from Covid-19 in the coming month and what safety measures have been put in place; how the airports impact the overall NY/NJ economy; what will help the NY/NJ Port Authority improve economically; how the Airports have been transformed over the last year (JFK and LaGuardia) and the state of the Gateway Tunnel Project and more.Every Thursday as part of our new Schneps Connects Podcast Series, we will feature exceptional leaders like Cotton while we pull back the curtain on their proudest accomplishments, biggest challenges and all the lessons they’ve learned along the way.Produced by Josh Schneps and Jill Carvajal
Citing the critical danger posed by storm surge and resulting flooding, La. Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced the Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign, a partnership of state agencies to use “Story Maps” to promote awareness of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan.The Master Plan is the foundational document underlying the campaign, as it identifies the risk to state infrastructure such as roads and bridges; and to services, facilities and systems for health care and education.“Building knowledge and understanding of our Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan across state agencies and among our citizens, we can create a more resilient coastal Louisiana,” said Edwards.The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), developer and implementer of the state Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan, along with the Louisiana state departments of Education (LDOE), Health (LDH), and Transportation and Development (DOTD) have collaborated on the Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign, using Story Maps to foster greater interagency coordination and public awareness of Louisiana’s future coastal challenges and to reduce risk and improve resilience.Three interactive visually-focused Story Maps were created in partnership with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Economics & Policy Research Group (EPRG) and LSU Graphic Design Student Office (GDSO).Based on data from the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, they illustrate Louisiana’s vanishing coast and the potential impacts from future land loss and coastal storm surge-based floods.