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Pooling Resources: A Workshop for the Innovative Utility Leader

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Thursday, June 29 - Friday, June 30
InterContinental Hotel, New Orleans, LA

 

 

We hope you will join us at an invitation-only, off-the-record workshop with storm, drinking, and waste water utility leaders. This meeting will immediately follow the US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit in New Orleans (June 27-29). Are you a water utility leader interested in attending? Contact us here!  

 

This is not a traditional conference – the emphasis is on stimulating conversation, sharing big and creative ideas, and creating space for an honest discussion of the issues. 
 

Meeting goals:

  • Create space for an honest discussion of challenges and opportunities
  • Elicit big and creative ideas
  • Foster connection between utility leaders
  • Focus on strategies for collaboration between utilities and other departments/governmental entities
     

This event is focused on cities in the Great Lakes basin, but the topics covered will be broadly relevant. You will have the opportunity to connect with leaders facing many of the same challenges, from shrinking budgets to algal blooms to lead pipes. We will share what insights and analysis we have gathered so far from our research about how utilities can increase their efficiency in the face of these challenges.

 

If you are a utility leader interested in attending, please contact us to discuss.

 

While you're in town....
Come early for the US Water Alliance's One Water Summit 2017, directly before our workshop! The Summit (June 27-29, also at the Intercontinental Hotel) brings together hundreds of public, private and non-profit leaders from across the country to network, share best practices, amplify great ideas, and take actionable ideas back home. Utility leaders that attend our workshop will receive a heavily discounted registration rate to the One Water Summit ($395, almost a 50% discount!). Registration discount instructions for the Summit are provided after you register for our workshop. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, June 29

​2:00 - 3:00pm

​Registration Open

Gentilly Room, 1st Floor, InterContinental Hotel, 444 Saint Charles Ave

​3:00 - 3:30pm

Welcome, Introductions, Framing the Discussion

​3:30 - 5:30pm

Barriers, challenges, opportunities and strategies when working across silos and/or aiming for co-benefits


Setting the stage

  • Why collaborate? What do we mean by co-benefits?
  • Examples of success

Group discussion

  • Each utility leader shares out challenges and opportunities
  • What barriers and challenges are broadly shared?
  • What opportunities can we identify?
  • What strategies can we use?

6:00 - 9:00pm

Reception, Dinner, and Conversation

Featuring comments from Rob Renner of the Water Research Foundation and Jeff Mosher of the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation

Storyville Room, 2nd Floor, InterContinental Hotel


Friday, June 30

8:00 - 8:30am

​Breakfast

Gentilly Room, 1st Floor, InterContinental Hotel, 444 Saint Charles Ave

8:30 - 10:30am

Review & framing

  • How can utilities help cities? How can cities help utilities? Promising strategies and tools
  • Based on themes from yesterday, how are you overcoming challenges/taking advantage of opportunities?


Group discussion

  • Do you have examples from your city where a collaboration across the city, or with an outside organization, has been successful?
  • What are some of the common ingredients in these strategies where a city and utility have found mutual benefit?
  • What do you think we still aren’t considering? Or, why wouldn’t the tools suggested in our handout work in your city?
  • What resources do you need to be more successful in partnerships?

​10:30 - 10:45am

Break

10:45am - 12:00pm

Focus on funding: how is water funding bringing co-benefits to cities, and how can that go both ways?


Group discussion

  • Do you have examples from your own city?
  • What can we identify as common elements?
  • What are we not addressing in our toolbox? What wouldn’t work in your city?
  • How can a co-benefits and cross-departmental collaboration approach complement the growing needs for basic maintenance and replacement among utilities?
  • What resources do you need to uncover funding partnership opportunities?

12:00 - ​12:30pm

Wrap up, evaluation and adjourn



Thursday, June 29 - Friday, June 30
InterContinental Hotel, 444 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA
 
Registration

There is no registration fee for invited utility leaders. If you are a utility leader interested in attending, please contact us to learn more. If invited, please use the passcode you should have received per email to register. Contact us if you have questions.

 

Hotel

If you are attending the US Water Alliance's One Water Summit before this meeting, you are welcome to book your hotel through their room block. Learn more and book your hotel here. Hotel reimbursement may be available for invited utility leaders - contact us to learn more. If you are not attending the One Water Summit before our meeting, contact us to learn more about hotel options.

 

Travel

Travel support may be available for invited utility leaders. The InterContinental sits in the heart of downtown New Orleans, just 3 blocks from Canal Street and the French Quarter. The nearest airport is Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and is 15 miles from downtown. From the airport, taxi and shuttle are both options - learn more here. The E-2 bus runs from the airport to downtown, a short 7 blocks from the InterContinental Hotel.

 

Contact

Content: Mel Meder, 608-262-5176, mmeder@mayorsinnovation.org

Logistics: Emily Miota, 608-263-7958, ejmiota@mayorsinnovation.org