WWEMA 42nd Annual Washington Forum

Washington Forum
April 13-15, 2015
The Fairfax at Embassy Row
Washington, D.C.

Gold Sponsors
Janney Montgomery Scott
JCM Industries

Bronze Sponsors
Kla Systems

Monday, April 13
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee Meeting

12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Marketing & Member Services Committee Meeting
All are encouraged to attend.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Legislative/Regulatory Committee Meeting
All are encouraged to attend.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
U.S. Water Prize Award Ceremony and Reception
In conjunction with the U.S. Water Alliance
Location: National Geographic Headquarters
WWEMA to provide shuttle.

Tuesday, April 14
7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
Program Chairman Ron Port

8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Where's the Money? Congressional/Funding Update
As the nation's need for water and wastewater infrastructure investment grows, both the public and private sectors are becoming increasingly creative in their approches to funding.

Claudia Copeland (Congressional Research Service, Resources, Science, and Industry Division) will share insights on what the power change in Congress will mean for appropriations, environmental legislation, and infrastructure financing.

Michael Deane (National Association of Water Companies) will offer the private companies' perspective on new funding initiatives such as private activity bonds, public-private partnerships, and more.

Raffael Stein (EPA Office of Wastewater Management) will provide a firsthand account of the development and direction of EPA's new Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
How Regulations Shape the Business Environment
Much of the investment currently being made in water and wastewater treatment across the nation is due to the need for municipalities and industry to keep up with continually evolving environmental regulations.

Peter Grevatt (EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water) will discuss new, non-traditional regulations being developed related to issues such as premise plumbing concerns with Legionella and toxic algal blooms. Guidelines are expected to include information on effective treatment technologies. Find out what these and other EPA activities may mean for your business.

Andrew Sawyers (EPA Office of Wastewater Management) will share his Office's priorities as well as insights into topics such as the status of "Buy American," stormwater, reuse, green technologies, and traditional municipal wastewater treatment.

Betsy Southerland/Jeff Lape (EPA Office of Science and Technology) will share the latest updates on a variety of activities and initiatives, including effluent regulation for the power sector, new water quality criteria and standards, and the status of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (now known as the Clean Water Rule).

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
What's Up with the Economy?
Anirban Basu (Sage Policy Group) is one of the nation's leading economists, with experience specific to urban economic development and the construction industry. In this session, he'll examine what the latest economic indicators mean for municipalities and the water market.

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 - 5:00 p.m.
How Advancing Technology Can Expand Business Opportunities: Exploring Different Models
The water industry has traditionally been resistant to innovation and change, but the need for creative solutions to growing challenges has led to the recent development of numerous incubators and technology development centers.

Richard Seline (AccelerateH2O - invited) will discuss the Texas Water Technology Accelerator program and provide inisght into how your company can participate in the $9 billion water technology market in the state of Texas.

Bill Kelly (Isle Inc. Consulting) will share how you can potentially reach water and wastewater utilities interested in new technologies, and how acquisitions of emerging technologies can help supplement your company's organic growth.

Claudio Ternieden (Water Environment Federation) will provide an update on the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program, including efforts to bring the LIFT-program technologies into the marketplace more quickly.

Derick Brown (Lehigh University) and Vikram Pattarkine (Consultant) will introduce the Easton Pennsylvania Wastewater Technology and Education Center, a proposed center designed to allow your R&D department to develop and test products using actual flow in an existing wastewater treatment plant. The center also plans to serve as a training ground for students in higher education through collaboration with Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and DeSales University.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 15
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
The Municipal Sector and Beyond: Where are the Opportunities?
Ryan Connors
(Boenning & Scattergood) will provide an overview of the WWEMA/Boenning Leading Index report and the outlook for the water market.

WWEMA is working to confirm speakers from the food and beverage, water reuse, and industrial markets to provide additional insights to opportunities beyond the municipal sector.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

10:30 - 11:15 a.m.
What's in a Name?
Travis Kennedy
(Water Online) will explore the changing dynamic of the sales-marketing nexus in the age of digital media, showing you how to more effectively define your brand and reach new buyers.

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.
WWEMA Water Challenge
A look at the #NoWater Challenge, its objectives, and its results.

12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting