2021 Conference Overview

Registration is Open  for the December 2021 Conference!!!!!

Below is an overview of our super-exciting Agenda for the long-awaited, re-branded, more-awesome Confluence Conference which we're planning to have IN-PERSON in ASHEVILLE.  We hope you can join!  See the Agenda tab for more details on speakers.

CONFLUENCE CONFERENCE 2021 – Emerging.

Strengthened Economies. Resilient Environment. Equitable Communities.

December 9-10, 2021, The Village Hotel at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Pre-conference Service Project (Wednesday Dec 8th 2-4 pm)  

Stream Cleanup with Riverlink 

Day 1 – Thursday December 9, 2021

Morning Workshop (9 AM) Innovation in Workforce Development Programming

Luncheon Keynote (11:30 AM) – Dr. Michael Walden

Dr. Walden is the William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NC State University and member of the Graduate Economics faculty with The Poole College of Management.  Dr. Walden specializes in the Southeast’s regional economy and is the author of “North Carolina Beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050”. He will discuss the nexus of the economy and water.

Session 1 (1:30-3 PM) – Strengthened Economies

A case-study level discussion about the intersection of economic development and utility services needed to support that development.

Session 2 (3-5 PM) – Resilient Environment

Various views on the dynamic challenges, goals, and perspectives on our environmental resilience and sustainability.

Social Hour (5-6 PM)  Light refreshments and networking.

Day 2 – Friday December 10, 2021

Session 3 (8-10am) – Emerging Regulatory Concerns 

A well-rounded discussion on a very relevant and important topic: emerging contaminants. What can we learn from one another’s approach?

Session 4 (10am-12pm) – Equitable Communities

An honest conversation on incorporating equitability and representation into design, regulation, and affordability.  A chance to hear engaging, real stories.