2024 Water Finance Conference Agenda


Day 1 – August 6, 2024


9:00 9:30 Introductions & Opening Keynote  
9:30 10:00 Performance Management-Based Financial Planning Sean Meyer, Division Director, Plant Engineering, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources
10:00 10:30 Getting Affordability Conversations Started in Your Community

Arkedia Raines, Senior Planner, Athens-Clarke County

Hollis Terry, Public Utilities Director, Athens-Clarke County

Audrey Barber, Stantec

10:30 10:45 Break  
10:45 12:00 Panel: Water Pricing and Affordability
  • Dave Peterson, CFO, Henry County Water Authority
12:00 1:30 Networking Luncheon at The Water Tower  
1:30   Have You Considered Regionalization, Consolidation, Privatization?  
1:30 2:00 Regionalization/Consolidation in the Carolinas  
2:00 2:30 The Business of Utility Management & Considerations for Consolidation/Regionalization Nickie Bateson, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, Great Lakes Water Authority
2:30 3:30 Panel: Regionalization, Consolidation, Privatization  
3:30 3:45 Break  
3:45 4:15 Water and Wastewater in the Era of Artificial Intelligence Christopher Impellitteri, Director of Research and Development, The Water Tower
4:15 5:00 Tour of the Water Tower Facility and Campus Join your fellow Water Finance Conference attendees and tour The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub. The campus features multiple laboratories, a field training center and water technology demonstration areas
5:00 6:00 Evening Reception at The Water Tower  


Day 2 – August 7, 2024


7:00 8:00 Registration Open & Breakfast  
8:00   Acquiring Federal Funding & Overcoming Obstacles  
8:00 8:30 The Hangover: Is the Infrastructure Party Over…or Just Beginning? Wayne Hofmann, Client Funding Director, Wade Trim
8:30 9:00 Update from EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center Jean Ray, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC), U.S. EPA
9:00 9:30 Federal grants and loans  
9:30 9:45 Break  
9:45 10:15 State Revolving Funds: An Interactive Discussion  
10:15 11:30 Panel: Overcoming Hurdles in Applying for/Obtaining Federal Funding

Moderator: Emily Snyder, Senior Manager, Stantec

  • Keith McLaughlin, Executive Director, Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
  • Sarah Stone, Deputy Director of Business Services, City of Englewood, CO
  • Jorianne Jernberg, WIFIA Program Director, U.S. EPA
11:30 12:30 Networking Luncheon at The Water Towern  
12:30 12:30 Technology and Innovation  
12:30 1:00 Sewer & Water Board of New Orleans Leverages Smart Technology Corwin Washington, Infrastructure Project Manager, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and John Marciszewski, SmartCover
1:00 1:30 Innovative Funding Models Leveraging Data  
1:30 3:00 Panel: Data-Driven Financial Planning & Decision Making
  • Will Rice, Co-Founder, IFCivil/Project Manager, Charlotte Water
  • Tacoma Zach, Co-founder & CEO, MentorAPM