Introduction: Jane Kenny and Mark Mauriello, Jersey Water Works Co-Chairs
|9:10||Connecting to Water: Poetry
Jennifer Moore, Urban Kween Brand
We interact with water every day, but do we connect with it? Artistic expression is one way to help reunite people with our water. Jennifer Moore will engage the audience through spoken-word poetry, encompassing elements of storytelling and urban culture.
|9:20||Updates from 401 East State St.
Commissioner Catherine McCabe, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Commissioner Catherine McCabe from the State of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection will deliver updates on the agency’s vision and priorities for water infrastructure.
|9:40||Plenary Panel: Our Water Transforming
Moderator: Howard Neukrug, Executive Director, Water Center at Penn
Jersey Water Works’ report, Our Water Transformed, identified priority solutions for making water infrastructure a foundational asset for thriving and just communities. One year later, we present leading efforts that can inspire and inform practitioners across the state. Panelists will share successful approaches for improving workforce development, building a constituency for water, deepening community partnerships, and achieving efficiency and equity.
|10:55||Break and Networking|
|11:05||Greeting from New Jersey American Water
Deborah Degillio, President, New Jersey American Water
|11:13||Keynote Address: The Case for Water Affordability
Dr. Manny Teodoro, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
|12:05||Recognizing Our Progress: Jersey Water Works Accomplishments and Commitments for 2019
Nicole Miller, Principal, MnM Consulting LLC
|12:35||Lunch and Networking|
|1:20||Plenary Panel: Breaking Through: Overcoming the Water Funding Challenge
Moderator: Dan Kennedy, Director of Environmental & Utility Operations, UTCA
The costs of upgrading New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure can seem daunting. However, innovative thinking, sustained leadership, and a growing awareness of the problem are opening new doors to bridge the funding gap. State leaders and national experts will discuss ways to drive costs down and revenues up, including local rate campaigns, statewide funding approaches, impact investing, and asset management programs, to fund a 21st-century water system.
Note: This agenda is a draft and subject to change.
The conference is approved for 3.25 AICP certification maintenance credits.