2015 Executive Management Conference

October 1114, 2015
Hilton Savannah DeSoto

The Conference for Urban Water Utility Executives

Now is the Time to Register

Register now to join your peers from other large, publicly owned water utilities for AMWA’s 2015 Executive Management Conference, October 11-14 in Savannah, Georgia.  

The program is packed with topics and experts to challenge, inform, inspire and (occasionally) entertain you. Every session will take on key challenges and issues water system leaders face each day and provide insightful, practical and proven approaches you can put directly to work to help solve perplexing management problems.

Click on the links in the blue box to see the all the great speakers and sessions, register for the conference and book your hotel room.

Here are just two of the many sessions on tap:

Taking the Battle for Source Water Protection to Court

Ninety-two percent of total nitrogen sources in Iowa are unregulated.  Meanwhile, Iowa’s strategy to reduce nutrient pollutants by 45 percent has no timelines, no commitments to measurements and no enforcement mechanisms.  Iowa’s approach to reducing non-point source nutrients in source water is voluntary – the primary strategy employed across the United States – and has been ineffective.  So, faced with record high levels of nutrient pollution for years, Des Moines Water Works filed a novel federal lawsuit earlier this year to protect its source water supply, the Raccoon River.  The suit names three upstream counties as plaintiffs, in their capacities as trustees of 10 drainage districts, and seeks the drainage districts to be declared “point sources” subject to regulation and permitting under federal and Iowa law, just as any other business that discharges pollutants into the waters of Iowa.

Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works, serving 500,000 Iowans, will discuss the ongoing lawsuit at the Executive Management Conference. He’ll also speak on the challenges for utilities in agricultural watersheds and explore the myth of the family farm that “feeds the world” versus the industrial agriculture reality of the highly capital intensive, federally subsidized business.

Optimization Strategies for Buried Assets: Not All Old Pipe is Bad Pipe

Projections show that U.S. water systems have multi-billion-dollar pipe replacement needs over the decades to come.  However, jumping to pipeline replacement is not necessarily the best answer. In fact, many water utilities are instead implementing state-of-the-art optimization strategies to understand the condition of their buried assets, reduce the risk of pipeline failure and extend the life of underground infrastructure.  Four urban water system executives will discuss their transmission and distribution main optimization programs, the fiscal benefits of the programs and the public relations benefits of optimization versus replacement. 

Led by Pure Technologies’ Mike Higgins, the panel discussion will include Jim Brammell, President and CEO of Louisville Water Company; James Irvin, Director of Howard County (Md.) Public Works; and Doug Yoder, Deputy Director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Dept.

Other Presentations

Mastering the Negotiation Process

  • Alison Fragale, Water and Wastewater Leadership Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Building Effective Relationships with Elected and Appointed Officials

  • John Sullivan, Boston Water & Sewer Commission
  • Cedric Grant, New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board
  • Kathryn Sorensen, Phoenix Water Services
  • David Rager, SD1 (Facilitator)

Communicating the Value of Water

  • Radhika Fox, President, U.S. Water Alliance

Friend Me, Tweet Me, Like Me! – Trending on Social Media

  • John Gonzalez, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Forging a Southeast Water Compromise in the ACF Basin

  • Steve Davis, Columbus Water Works

California Dreamin’ (of Rain) – Managing the “Mega-Drought”

  • Jerry Brown, Contra Costa Water District
  • John Rossi, Western Municipal Water District

Seeking a New Customer Service Dynamic

  • Ray Hoffman, Director, Seattle Public Utilities
  • Melanie Rettie, Executive Vice President, EMA, Inc.

The Cyber Landscape – Current Threats and One Utility’s Response

  • Neil Hershfield, ICS-CERT, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Clifford Chan, East Bay Municipal Utility District

As with every AMWA conference, a lot will be happening beyond the presentations, such as:

  • Plenty of time for networking with colleagues at breaks, luncheons and receptions
  • Recognition of exceptional utility management at AMWA’s 2015 Awards Luncheon on Monday
  • A fascinating history “tour” of our host city at Tuesday’s luncheon by Stan Deaton of the Georgia Historical Society
  • A reception at Savannah’s historic Brockington Hall on Monday evening
  • A Wednesday morning tour of the 2014 Sustainability Award-winning Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority’s treatment plant and Savannah River facilities

Don’t miss this great learning and networking opportunity. Check out the program and register today.