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2020 Leadership Summit Webinar Series

August 4th, 6th, 11th, & 13th / Live each day @ 10am-Noon 

If you aren't able to attend one of the live sessions, no problem! A link to view the replay will be sent to you.

Maintaining a good quality of life for Indiana citizens is an ongoing objective of local community leaders. Being able to make educated decisions leads to the utility’s ability to provide a safe supply of drinking water and proper wastewater disposal for its customers. Sound business practices for operation and proper management of a utility are essential in influencing long-term sustainability of the utility. 
Leadership Summit will arm you with the skills necessary to achieve these goals and to lead your utility along the path to peak performance. 

Attendee Registration

Attendee Registration!

Register utilizing the appropriate link below. If you are unsure if your utility is a member, please click on the link to view current AIRW members then proceed with your registration accordingly.

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Just $95 for ALL Four Sessions


Registration includes live access to all the webinars in the entire series in addition to on-demand access after each session is completed.

Earn Up to 4 General & 4 Technical Water &
8 General WW Contact Hours
(Must View the LIVE Sessions.)

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Webinar Series Schedule


  • 8/4 - Community Stability
  • 8/6 - IFA Regional Planning Meeting
  • 8/11 - Board Governance
  • 8/13 - Financials & Asset Mangement

Community Stability

August 4th, 2020 10am-Noon

Community Stability and Continuity Depends on the Essential Delivery of Quality Water in These Uncertain Times

This discussion will explore the community perception of what rural water does and will review board governance and response to emerging issues, consider the perspective of the general manager and the process of navigating these times, as well as review the legal issues including regulatory issues, regionalization initiatives, and recent legislation.

Meet the Speakers

Pete King, Cline, King & King, P.C. 
Peter King was greatly influenced by his father, longtime and well respected Columbus attorney, Arthur D. King. He joined his father in the practice of law in 1979 and developed a community based practice addressing civil law issues. On any given day, Pete can be found in the boardroom of any one of the several regional water companies he represents or in the courtrooms of any level of our state and federal courts. He advocates for his clients’ interest or confers with community leaders in both the private and public sectors providing sound and reasoned counsel drawn from his years of experience and knowledge of the law.

IFA Regional Planning Meeting

August 6th, 2020 10am-Noon

Senate Enrolled Act 4 (2019) requires the IFA to conduct regional meetings throughout the state to enable drinking water and wastewater utilities to work together to address long term needs. SEA 4 also requires drinking water and wastewater utilities to report their participation in the meetings to the IFA. This presentation will cover the requirements and goals of SEA 4. Participants will hear from one utility that is already participating in regional planning, and have the opportunity to give feedback on how the state should determine the regions. Attending this meeting will fulfill the requirement for utilities to report their participation to the IFA.

Agenda:
  • Overview of Regional Planning Meetings
  • One example of a regional planning group, the Southern Indiana Water Professionals Association
  • Alternative approaches to defining regions for planning
  • Q&A and Survey to fulfill reporting requirement

Meet the Speakers

Sarah Hudson, Indiana Finance Authority
Since 2017, Sarah has served as the Director of the Indiana Finance Authority’s Water Resources and Infrastructure Planning Program. In this position she has lead the IFA’s Lead Sampling in Public School Programs, the Water Loss Audit Program, the Regional Water Planning Initiative, and the Central Indiana Water Study. Past positions include work for the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Indiana Rural Community Assistance Program, the Indiana SRF Loan Programs, and Curry & Associates, an environmental engineering consulting firm. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Dayton.

Scott Ham, Silver Creek Water Corporation
Scott is the Manager of Silver Creek Water Corporation where he has worked for 30 years. He has served in the State of Indiana as a certified water operator since 1988 and is active in many local and industry organizations. He is past Chair of the Indiana State Soil Conservation Board. He is also a professional entertainer and retired Command Sergeant Major with 27 years of experience in the US Army and Indiana Army National Guard. Scott’s hope is that through using people’s experiences, we will initiate change where needed, and support those already doing outstanding work.

Mark Basch, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Mark Basch is a hydrogeologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water. Mark received his Undergraduate Degree in Geology from Ball State University in 1979. He then worked three years for Reynold's Supply, Inc., a well installation and service company, prior to obtaining a Master's Degree in Geology from Indiana University. Mark has been employed with the Division of Water since 1984, and currently heads up the Division's Water Rights and Use Section.

Board Goverance

August 11th, 2020 10am-Noon

Agenda:
  • Governance of the utility describing Board, Manager, and customer responsibilities.
  • COVID-19 and the impact on utilities
  • Legislation, what has been discussed and likely will be discussed in the next session

Meet the Speakers

Parvin Price, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
As Indiana’s first ever Utility Consumer Counselor and a past deputy attorney general for the state, industry outlier Parvin Price offers decades of honed experience in all areas of utility and energy law, including natural gas, electricity and water, and assists clients in the funding of various infrastructure improvement projects. Read more...

Hillary Close, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP 
Hillary Close advises on utility law. Her practice combines experience working with clients across utility industries and practical subject matter knowledge with innovative ideas in applying complex and ever-changing regulations to everyday decisions. Hillary is committed to adding value in everything she does, and dedicated to finding cost-conscious solutions for those she serves. Read More...

Jeff Peabody, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP 
Jeff Peabody advises on the legal and regulatory issues associated with electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater utilities. He represents a wide range of public utilities, including investor-owned and municipal utilities, nonprofits and privately held companies. Read More...


Lauren Box, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Lauren Box concentrates her practice in the areas of energy and utility law, general municipal law and government relations. Regardless of the matter at hand, Lauren remains dedicated to providing the strategic advice her clients need to succeed. Read More...

Financials & Asset Management

August 13th, 2020 10am-Noon

Rates and Asset Management: Keeping Your Utility Healthy

The key to having a healthy, well-functioning utility is having well-functioning infrastructure and healthy finances. Asset management plans and rate studies allow you to shift focus from the short term to the long term heath of your utility. Having an asset management plan and rate study work together is the best way for you to work proactively toward the long term health of your utility.

Meet the Speaker

Bonnie Mann, LWG;
With 25 years of accounting experience, Bonnie works with utilities, not-for-profit entities, manufacturing, and municipal clients. She brings her expertise to bear in regulatory proceedings, financial statement audits, governmental compliance, rate studies, and quality control. Bonnie supervises engagements, trains staff accountants, and is the Quality Control Coordinator for LWG, insuring the firm meets all AICPA and PCPS peer review guidelines. She created the contract management system LWG uses to file special purpose reports verifying that local distribution companies purchase natural gas at the most reasonable cost possible

 

 

 

Don't miss out on this focused learning specifically for water & wastewater utility decision makers!

 

Attendee Registration

Attendee Registration!

Register utilizing the appropriate link below. If you are unsure if your utility is a member, please click on the link to view current AIRW members then proceed with your registration accordingly.

Register / Sign in as a Member

View Current AIRW Members

Register as Non-Member

 

Just $95 for ALL Four Sessions

 

Registration includes live access to all the webinars in the entire series in addition to on-demand access after each session is completed.

Earn Up to 4 General W & WW Contact Hours
(Pending IDEM Approval - Must View the LIVE Sessions.)

Attendees will also receive a certificate of completion.