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Washington, D.C.

August 21st-22nd, 2019

2019 Agenda

Wednesday
2019-08-21
Thursday
2019-08-22
07:30
Registration & Continental Breakfast

Registration opens and a continental breakfast is provided

08:15 - 08:30
Opening Remarks – Bernie Krzys, Publisher, Water Finance & Management & Chris Hornback, Deputy CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (main event sponsor)
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Bernie Krzys
CEO | Benjamin Media, Inc.
08:30 - 09:00
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sonny Popowsky, Chair | City of Philadelphia Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board
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Sonny Popowsky
Chair | City of Philadelphia’s Water, Sewer & Storm Water Rate Board
09:00
Session 1 — The Financial Case for Investment in Digital Technologies
09:00 - 09:30
Transforming the Economics and Reliability of Civil Water Infrastructure — Dave Lewis, Sr. Account Manager | Wachs Water Services, a Xylem brand

Attendees in this session will gain valuable insight into the processes and functionality of emerging technologies and data analytics-enabled services. They will explore: the intrinsic linkage between the reliability of infrastructure and the economics of waste. They will learn how technologies have rapidly evolved to pinpoint efficiencies and waste and they will see how analytics impact processes and events from an economical and operational standpoint.

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Dave Lewis
Mid-Atlantic Account Manager | Wachs Water Services, a Xylem brand
09:30 - 10:00
The Financing Fix to Scale Water Innovation — Cynthia Koehler, Executive Director | WaterNow Alliance

Green and on-site infrastructure programs can safeguard water supply and quality, manage urban runoff, and provide both environmental and community benefits more cost-effectively than massive upgrades to centralized infrastructure. But until recently, utilities had to dip into operating cash, instead of capital, to fund these types of programs.

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Cynthia Koehler
Executive Director | WaterNow Alliance
10:00 - 10:30
Multi-Year Financial Planning: Strategies and Execution – Brett Matteo, Managing Director | Synario

This presentation will discuss the best practices for building out a multi-year plan. This presentation will provide details on how to:

  • Model key assumptions
  • Perform sensitivity analyses
  • Use a financial model to drive decision making
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Brett Matteo
Managing Director | Synario
10:30 - 10:45
Break
10:45 - 12:15
Panel Discussion: Water Infrastructure Due Diligence & Quantifying Financial Risk (click for panelists)
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Greg Baird (Moderator)
President | Water Finance Research Foundation
Albert H. Cho
Vice President & General Manager, Advanced Infrastructure Analytics | Xylem
Steve de Mik
Chief Operating Officer/Director of Operations | Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Megan Glover
Co-Founder & CEO | 120WaterAudit
Doug Hatler
Environmental Engineer & Chief Revenue Officer | Fracta
Annie Vanrenterghem Raven
Managing Director | infraPLAN
12:15 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30
Session 2 — Consolidation, Innovations & Partnerships
13:30 - 14:00
Financial Considerations for Consolidation of Water Services — Scott Berry, Director of Policy & Government Affairs | US Water Alliance & Erin Riggs, Project Director | Environmental Finance Center, UNC School of Government
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Scott Berry
Director of Policy & Government Affairs | US Water Alliance
Erin Riggs
Senior Project Director | Environmental Finance Center
14:00 - 14:30
Case Studies: Increase Efficiency and Governance for Budget Planning, Analysis and Forecasting — Kristy Neckowicz, President | InVizion LLC
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Kristy Tan Neckowicz
President | InVizion LLC
14:30 - 15:00
Leveraging the Intended Cash Flow Benefits of Tax Reform to Fund Infrastructure — Vadim Lantukh, CEO | Lucasys

Water and wastewater utilities can use their existing rate-making mechanisms in the context of recent tax reform in order to effect positive cash flow impacts. Many utilities have begun to amortize excess deferred income taxes related to the change in the federal income tax rate. Due to the complexity of the underlying calculations and the limitations of existing technology solutions, the existing and proposed amortizations of excess deferred income taxes are often more accelerated than that which is required by IRS rules and public utility commission mandates.

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Vadim Lantukh
Chief Executive Officer | Lucasys
15:00 - 15:30
Networking Break
15:30 - 16:00
The Role of P3s in Addressing U.S. Water Infrastructure Challenges – Tracy Mehan, Executive Director of Government Affairs | AWWA & Stephen Auton-Smith, Managing Director | Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors

This presentation will detail a growing effort by AWWA and other key stakeholders in the U.S. water sector to add clarity and objectivity to the debate on the role of alternative delivery models in meeting the infrastructure investment challenge.

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Stephen Auton-Smith
Managing Director | Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors LLC
Tracy Mehan
Executive Director of Government Affairs | AWWA
16:00 - 17:15
Panel Discussion: Regulatory Panel (click for panelists)
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Erica Brown (Moderator)
Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer | Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
Michael Deane
Consultant
Chris Kloss
National Green Infrastructure Coordinator | U.S. EPA
Tracy Mehan
Executive Director of Government Affairs | AWWA
Karen Pallansch
CEO | Alexandria Renew Enterprises
17:15 - 19:00
Evening Reception
07:00
Registration Open

Registration opens and a continental breakfast is provided

08:00
Session 3 — How You Can Balance Rate Increases and Affordability
08:00 - 08:30
Innovative Rate Structuring to Solve Affordability Challenges – Joe Crea, Senior Manager | Raftelis
Joe Crea
Senior Manager | Raftelis
08:30 - 09:00
Multi-Year Planning for Customer Affordability Programs – Crystal Knight-Lee, Director of Customer Service | Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Crystal Knight-Lee
Director of Customer Service | Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
09:00 - 09:30
Customer Affordability: The Rating Agency Perspective – Erin Boeke Burke, Associate Director, Municipal and Cooperative Utilities | S&P Global Ratings
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Erin Boeke Burke
Associate Director | S&P Global Ratings
09:30 - 10:00
Creating a Federal Customer Assistance Program for Water/Sewer – Nathan Gardner-Andrews, Chief Advocacy Officer | National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Nathan Gardner-Andrews
Chief Advocacy Officer | National Association of Clean Water Agencies
10:00 - 10:30
Networking Break
10:30 - 11:45
Panel Discussion: How Should the U.S. Water Sector Define Affordability? (click for panelists)
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Chris Hornback (Moderator)
Deputy Chief Executive Officer | National Association of Clean Water Agencies
Joseph F. Beach
Chief Financial Officer | Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Paul Hanna
Prinicipal Economist | Seattle Public Utilities
Robert Ryall
Financial Services Practice Lead | Arcadis U.S.
11:45 - 13:00
Lunch
13:00
Session 4 — Strategic Utility Planning Meets Finance
13:00 - 13:30
Reverse Engineering an Asset Management Approach to Your Traditional Capital Improvement Program – Jeffrey Harmon, Water Professional
Jeff Harmon, PE
Water Professional
13:30 - 14:00
Financing Stormwater Infrastructure – Ellen Tarquinio, Environmental Protection Specialist | U.S. EPA
Ellen Tarquinio
Environmental Protection Specialist | U.S. EPA
14:00 - 15:00
Panel Discussion: The Economic Outlook for Water (click for panelists)
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Greg Baird (Moderator)
President | Water Finance Research Foundation
Debra G. Coy
Partner | XPV Water Partners
Michael Curley
Visiting Scholar | Environmental Law Institute
Jorianne Jernberg
Director, WIFIA Program | U.S. EPA
15:00 - 15:15
Closing Remarks
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