The MCC is a nationally recognized coalition of stakeholders affected by flood hazards. MCC (meaning Massachusetts Coastal Coalition) has expanded over the years to include both a local and national focus. In addition to education, informing and advocating, we now also provide services such as mapping and premium reduction programs with more to come.
The MCC was established on February 2nd, 2012 as the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition (MCCC) as a means to communicate coastal hazards better to citizens. Originally focused on only local coastal and coastal infrastructure issues, the MCCC became experts in citizen outreach on flood insurance and mapping issues after the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 (BW-12). The Town of Marshfield was caught in the perfect storm when in the spring of 2013, new flood maps were also proposed for the community. The result of new legislation and new mapping meant flood insurance premiums were projected to sky rocket. During 2013, the MCCC held many citizen outreaches and banded together with national organizations such as the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI) to proposes some short term premium relief. The culmination of the national effort was the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) which stopped the severe increases from the BW-12 Act. Since then, the MCCC has grown and increased its knowledge and outreach on flood related issues. The MCCC formalized by establishing a Board of Directors in 2015, and past and current members include retired FEMA specialists, mortgage lenders, Community Rating System (CRS) experts, insurance specialists and more.
Today, the MCCC has now become the MCC to move further into the national spotlight. With unique products and services, the MCC will continue to serve citizens first. But more recently the MCC has moved to educate realtors, insurance agents, communities, lenders and more on flood hazards. Recent educational programs include presentations to the town of Hull, MA, the MCCC Flood Insurance Summit in 2016, legislative updates for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, insurance presentations to Franklin St. Brokers in Florida, and ongoing education to the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents just to name a few.
Chair and Executive Director Joe Rossi travels the country each year to speak at various national conferences. We are always growing and looking for more educational opportunities all across the country!