Call for Speakers! 2023 Water Finance Conference

9th Annual Event Returning to Cleveland, Ohio, August 8-9

RICHFIELD, Ohio — Organizers of the 2023 Water Finance Conference are looking for speakers for its ninth annual event to be held Aug. 8-9 in Cleveland, Ohio. Please email your 200-word abstract by March 10, 2023. Details below.

Water Finance Conference

The Water Finance Conference convenes executive-level utility professionals, including directors, CEOs, CFOs and city finance managers with consultants, financial advisors, legal professionals and service providers involved in financing municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Since 2015 the event has been hosted annually by the journal Water Finance & Management, published by Benjamin Media, in partnership with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).

If you are interested in presenting to executive-level water utility representatives, we want to hear from you. We are looking for presentations covering – but not limited to – the following topics and case studies as they relate to the funding of water, wastewater and stormwater projects. Presentations – or co-presentations – involving utility representatives are encouraged and will be prioritized.

  • Rate Studies and Rate Setting
  • Low-Income Affordability/CAPs
  • Maximizing Traditional Sources of Water Infrastructure Finance
  • IIJA Fund Implementation
  • Private Financing Options/P3s/Privatization
  • Applying Federal Funding Locally
  • Leveraging Clean/Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds
  • Budgeting/Short or Long-term Financial Planning
  • Revenue Forecasting
  • Governance Issues
  • Green Bonds/Environmental Impact Bonds
  • Other Federal Financing Mechanisms/WIFIA, etc.
  • Cash Reserves
  • Legislative/Regulatory Issues Affecting Funding
  • Cost Savings through Asset Management
  • Case Studies Examining Innovative Funding
  • Financial Tech for Water Utilities
  • Financing for Integrated Regional Water Plans/Consolidation

These are for presentations only (no written papers). Please submit a 200-word abstract to Water Finance & Management Managing Editor Andrew Farr at by March 10, 2023.

The program committee prioritizes presentations from public (or investor-owned) water/wastewater systems so that attendees can hear directly from folks doing finance work in the utility sector. If you are a product or service provider, presentation proposals that include a utility representative as co-presenter are preferred. Additional conference details will be available at

The Water Finance Conference has been growing in popularity since its establishment in 2015. It is the only conference in the U.S. water utility sector that exclusively covers financing.

Speakers at the Water Finance Conference generally include a mix of drinking water/clean water utility finance officers, general managers, municipal advisors, EPA officials and service providers. Presenters and panelists have also included city and county finance managers, current and former mayors and city councilmembers, and other consultants and service providers who have a vested interest in the funding of water infrastructure in the United States.

The 2023 conference will be held at the Aloft Cleveland Downtown in the Cleveland Flats on the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The Aloft is within walking distance of several restaurants and bars in the area and just minutes from other Cleveland attractions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Great Lakes Science Center.

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