8:00 Registration Opens
9:00 Welcome

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.  

  • Nina Hoe Gallagher, Director of Research and Evaluation, ImpactED
  • Andy Kricun, Executive Director and Chief Engineer, Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority
  • Hon. André Sayegh, Mayor, City of Paterson
  • Alex Warwood, Workforce Development Director, Philadelphia Water Department
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.

  • Margaret Bowman, Program Director, Spring Point Partners LLC
  • David Harpell, Executive Director, Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority
  • Hon. Bob SmithSenator, New Jersey 17th Legislative District, Chairman, New Jersey Senate Energy and Environment Committee
  • Hon. Lester Taylor, Former Mayor, City of East Orange; Partner, Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC
2:30 Adjourn

Note: This agenda is a draft and subject to change.

The conference is approved for 3.25 AICP certification maintenance credits.

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