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Empower our region to engage and bring forward ideas. Innovate action that turns those ideas into reality – implement the goal. Accelerate our collective momentum, to increase the resilience of our people, places and prosperity.

This is the thesis behind the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative’s (R2C) Leadership Summit Ahead of the Curve: Empower. Innovate. Accelerate. The R2C vision is to ensure a thriving and resilient future through comprehensive regional collaboration. The Summit aims to bring together thought leaders to connect, collaborate, and engage leading minds in resilient and sustainable action.

The Leadership Summit is set to be held at a venue known for leadership within its own field. The NASA Kennedy Space Center is an American icon of breaking barriers and the achievement of ambitious goals. At the pinnacle of technology and science, the Kennedy Space Center remains a leading center for exploration, partnership, and achievement.

It is only fitting that the venue that has hosted decades of innovation positioning the United States ahead of the curve in aerospace innovation, will host East Central Florida’s collaborative effort to mature in resilience, ahead of the curve.

East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative

Leadership Summit

October 10 & 11, 2023

Kennedy Space Center

Space Commerce Way

Merritt Island FL 32953

Registration is now closed.

For payment information, please email

Keynote Speakers

Day 1 : Partnership 

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Marissa McInnis

Climate Policy and Interagency Engagement Lead

United States Department Of Defense

Day 2 : Risk & Risk Reduction

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Paula Pagniez

Senior Director Climate Risk and Resilience, Howden Group

FEMA National Advisory Council Member


The East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative invites you and your organization to sponsor the Ahead of the Curve: Empower. Innovate. Accelerate. Leadership Summit. This event will be an excellent opportunity for you and your colleagues to network with and present your organization to leaders from the public and private sectors. 

Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $15,000. For details, please see the R2C Leadership Summit Sponsorship Package.  Or click on the Sponsorship tab above.


If you are interested in sponsorship, please complete the form on Page 3 of the Sponsorship Package and email it to

Payment is only accepted by check. Please make all checks payable to the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. 

Questions? Please contact Jenifer Rupert at

Room Block

A limited number of rooms are available for the Leadership Summit at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott. This hotel is the closest to Kennedy Space Center and offers stunning views of the Indian River Lagoon and a special rooftop lounge specifically designed for rocket launch viewings. 


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Use the link below or call the hotel directly for the special discounted rate of $169 per night. The room block is offered Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10.

Questions? Please contact Jenifer Rupert at

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