2017 Water Finance Conference agenda to highlight integrated financing, future of U.S. infrastructure

The agenda for the third annual Water Finance Conference, being held Aug. 28-29, 2017 at the Harley-Davidson Museum® in Milwaukee, Wis., will feature a variety of technical presentations covering current funding challenges facing water and wastewater utilities, punctuated by the growing need for new, integrated approaches against the backdrop of a new presidential administration and Congress.

In each of the past two years, the Water Finance Conference has gathered nearly 100 attendees for a two-day discussion around the most critical issue facing the future of water infrastructure in the United States — project funding.

The event is aimed at reaching executive-level professionals, including directors, general managers, superintendents, CEOs and CFOs, as well as consultants, municipal advisors, attorneys and service providers involved in the financing of municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems.

The conference agenda will get underway on the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 28 with a welcome address by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The session will kick off with a local perspective on Milwaukee’s rich water history followed by a broader outlook on the future of U.S. water infrastructure. There will also be an EPA panel discussion addressing both the outlook for traditional funding sources, as well as innovative mechanisms, such as the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program, its progress and potential.

Rich Meeusen, chairman, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Badger Meter, Inc., and co-chair of The Water Council, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Water Finance Conference.

The day will conclude with a reception and keynote address by Rich Meeusen, chairman, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Badger Meter, Inc., and co-chair of the Water Council, who will speak to attendees on water and its role in fostering economic development.

The program will continue on Tuesday, Aug. 29 with sessions focusing on both public and private sources of funding. Topics to be addressed include stormwater fees, environmental impact bonds, customer affordability programs and overcoming pitfalls in P3 contracting. Two panel discussions are also planned for the day – “The Changing Tide of Water Financing,” featuring leaders of national water associations and “Reducing the Cost of Capital,” which will feature innovative financing approaches from the perspective of utilities and municipal advisors.

Also returning will be the popular networking roundtables, which will be held each day and will allow attendees to maximize their experience by participating in group discussions on a variety of water finance topics.

The Water Finance Conference is hosted by the journal Water Finance & Management, published by Benjamin Media, and presented by main event sponsor, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and sponsors Echologics InVizion, SpendCheQ and RePipe 4710. CEUs and CPEs are available and seating is limited. To register or for additional information, please visit the conference website.

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