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Upcoming: Water Asset Management Conference, which has its roots dating to 2001, is heading back to Arlington, Va., Dec. 2-3, 2015. The Water Asset Management Conference, formerly known as the UIM/SWIM Conference, is a partnership between the journal, UIM: Water Utility Infrastructure Management and the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Center at Virginia Tech.

The Water Asset Management Conference begins with SWIM Center meetings on Dec. 2 followed by panel discussion that kicks off the conference that afternoon. Following the panel is an awards reception at which the UIM Award and SWIM awards are bestowed.

On Dec. 3 there is a full day of focused presentations covering the latest in technology and best practices in asset management. The presentations are selected by a panel of leading professionals in the field of asset management.

Topics to be addressed include: risk assessment, data management, planning and prioritizing infrastructure investment, renewal technology and more. Concepts and strategies explored can begin to be implemented the minute you get back to your office.

The venue is the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The area is host to many dining and lodging options, as well as entertainment. It is conveniently located near the Ballston Metro stop.

For complete information, visit http://www.waterassetmgmt.com/.

"The 2015 Water Finance Conference is about providing balance between funding and affordability. Discover innovative strategies for funding water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and learn how to maintain affordability for ratepayers."

Conference Results: More than 100 finance professionals in the areas of water, wastewater and stormwater gathered Sept. 1-2 in Cleveland, Ohio, for the inaugural Water Finance Conference. Organized and hosted by UIM: Water Utility Infrastructure Management journal, the event was a huge success and produced a candid dialogue about money for water infrastructure.

The theme of the two-day conference was “Innovative Strategies for Funding Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure” and was aimed at reaching municipal finance officers, utility directors, CFOs and financial consultants in those three areas.

The conference agenda featured presentations and panel discussions covering three main topic areas: rate setting and affordability; private financing and private capital investment for public utilities; and trends in public utility financing.

Several industry organizations were involved in the event as supporting associations, including the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the U.S. Water Alliance, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition (SWIC), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the National Utility Contractors Association (NU CA), the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (Ohio GFOA), the Clean Water Council and the International Private Water Association (IPWA).

The event also included leaders of the some of the largest water/wastewater policy/advocacy groups in the United States, including Michael Deane, executive director of the NAWC, Adam Krantz, CEO of NACWA and Radhika Fox, president of the U.S. Water Alliance and director of the Value of Water Coalition, Alex Margevicius, interim commissioner of Cleveland Water, Julius Ciaccia, CEO of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD), Jennifer Demmerle, CFO of NEORSD,  Yvette Downs, CFO of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and George Hawkins, general manager of DC Water.      
   
Planning is currently underway for the 2016 Water Finance Conference. For updates and to view information about this year’s event, please visit waterfinanceconference.com.