2021 Agenda (Subject to change)
Day 1 – Thursday December 9, 2021
Morning Workshop (9 AM) - Innovation in Workforce Development Programming
Presented by Charlotte Water: Carolyn Ross, Audrey Abron, Sherri Jones, and Hayley Williams
During this interactive workshop, attendees will learn:
· Charlotte Water’s approach to succession planning combined with bridging community economic gaps
· How an inclusive hiring process can successfully fill utility staffing needs
· Why soft skills training and career pathing are key for staff mobility and retention
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.
Moderator: Hope Walker, Greenwood Commissioners of Public Works, Engineering Director
· Mike Hopkins, Newton County Water & Sewer Authority, Executive Director & Serra Hall, Newton County Office of Economic Development Senior Project Manager (GA)
· Will Williams, Economic Development Partnership, President and CEO (SC)
· Brittany Brady, Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, President and CEO, (NC) [topic – Garrison Industrial Park]
Session 2 (3-5 PM) – Resilient Environment
Various views on the dynamic challenges, goals, and perspectives on our environmental resilience and sustainability.
Moderator: Pam Flasch, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, Public Affairs Manager
· Catawba-Wateree Representative (to be confirmed)
· Patrick Beggs, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources & Emily Barrett, Triangle J Council of Government, Natural Resources and Resilience Program Manager [topic – Jordan Lake One Water partnership]
· Brock Ashburn, Highland Brewing Company, Vice President
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?
Moderator: Rob Osbourne
· Jeaneanne Gettle, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 Water Division Director
· Kim Nimmer, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources, Emerging Compounds Coordinator
· James A. “Jac” Capp, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Watershed Protection Branch Chief (to be confirmed)
· Doug Kinard, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Drinking Water Protection Director
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.
Moderator: Ron Hargrove, Charlotte Water, Deputy Director
· Bonnie Ammons, South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority, Executive Director
· Amin Davis, North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources (to be confirmed)
· Georgia speaker (to be confirmed)