(As of 8/25/17)

Monday, August 28  
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration Open
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Introduction
Bernie Krzys, Publisher, Water Finance & Management 
Session 1 – Regional Issues and Water Industry Trends
1:00 pm – 1:45 pm Water in Milwaukee: A Rich History
Jennifer Gonda, Superintendent, Milwaukee Water Works; Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Setting Water Rates & Standards of Service in Wisconsin
Denise Schmidt, Water Policy Advisor, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm Paying for Tomorrow’s Water Infrastructure
Michael Curley, Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute
2:45 pm – 3:30 pm Networking Roundtables 

“Cost Recovery Options for Emerging Contaminants: Shifting Treatment Costs from Ratepayers to Polluters”
Bill Kelly, Director of Client Engagement, SL Environmental Law Group PC

“Doing More with Current Revenues”
Mary Ellen Mitchell, President, SpendCheQ & Jim Baehr, Group Lead, Sourcing Strategies Group

“Improving Utility Bill Payment Performance”
Jeff Lipton, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, WaterSmart Software

“Initiatives at EPA’s Water Infrastructure & Resiliency Finance Center”
Kristyn Abhold, Financial Analyst, Water Infrastructure & Resiliency Finance Center

“Improving Your Data for Better Financial Decision Making”
Byron Druss, Vice President, InVizion LLC

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Panel Discussion – EPA Panel: Traditional and Innovative Financing Mechanisms
Moderator: Wendi Wilkes, Regulatory Analyst, AWWA
Panelists: Alejandro Escobar, Environmental Engineer, Water Infrastructure Finance & Innovation Act (WIFIA); Karen Fligger, Senior Project Manager, WIFIA; Lan-Anh Phan, Senior Financial Analyst; WIFIA; Kristyn Abhold, Financial Analyst, Water Infrastructure & Resiliency Finance Center (WIRFC)
5:00 pm  -7:00 pm Networking Reception & Keynote Address: Water & The Economy
Keynote Speaker: Rich Meeusen, CEO, Badger Meter & Co-chair, The Water Council
Tuesday, August 29  
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Open
Session 2 – Traditional Funding Sources
8:00 am – 8:30 am Incorporating Stormwater Fees
Frank Greenland, Director of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
8:30 am – 9:00 am Doing More with Current Revenues – Developing a New Form of Revenue Resiliency
Mary Ellen Mitchell, President, SpendCheQ; Jim Baehr, Group Lead, Sourcing Strategies Group LLC
9:00 am – 9:30 am Designing Water Rate Structures — Challenges & Best Practices
Tom Beckley, Senior Manager, Raftelis Financial Consultants
9:30 am – 10:00 am Deconstructing Payment Performance
Jeff Lipton, Director of Marketing, WaterSmart Software
10:00 am – 10:45 am Networking Roundtables

“Cost Recovery Options for Emerging Contaminants: Shifting Treatment Costs from Ratepayers to Polluters”
Bill Kelly, Director of Client Engagement, SL Environmental Law Group PC

“Doing More with Current Revenues”
Mary Ellen Mitchell, President, SpendCheQ & Jim Baehr, Group Lead, Sourcing Strategies Group

“Improving Utility Bill Payment Performance”
Jeff Lipton, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, WaterSmart Software

“The Federal Role in Infrastructure Funding”
Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies

“Initiatives at EPA’s Water Infrastructure & Resiliency Finance Center”
Kristyn Abhold, Financial Analyst, Water Infrastructure & Resiliency Finance Center

“Improving Your Data for Better Financial Decision Making”
Byron Druss, Vice President, InVizion LLC

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Panel Discussion – The Changing Tide of Water Financing
Moderator: Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District & Chair, US Water Alliance
Panelists: Adam Krantz, CEO, National Association of Clean Water Agencies; Michael Deane, Executive Director, National Association of Water Companies; Dean Amhaus, President & CEO, The Water Council; Alan Roberson, Executive Director, Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch with Keynote Address: Evaluating the Expanding Array of Financing Options: Value-for-Money & Beyond
Keynote Speaker: Mike Matichich, Practice Lead for Financial Services, CH2M
Session 3 – Innovations and Private Financing
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Trends in P3s for Water & Federal Initiatives
Raffael Stein, Water Infrastructure Division Director, U.S. EPA Office of Wastewater Management
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm New and Emerging Capital Providers for Infrastructure Funding
Jonathan Cuppett, Research Manager, Water Research Foundation
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm What’s It Worth To You? Valuation of Water Systems
Charlie Fricke, National Accounts Manager, Echologics
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Panel Discussion – Reducing the Cost of Capital
Moderator: Greg Baird, President, Water Finance Research Foundation
Panelists: Brad Viegut, Managing Director, Baird; Christy Cramer, Principal & Senior Consultant, Trilogy Consulting, LLC; Lawrie Kobza, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP; Mickie Pearsall, Deputy Director of Finance, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks