Chicago IL Provides This Year's Financial Forum for Public and Private Sector Water Leaders From Across the USA: American Water Summit - "Business Models for the Future"

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In today's world of constrained resources and limited capital, there is a tremendous need to think creatively and implement smarter models for doing business in the water sector. We are already seeing the impact of new, smarter technologies and innovative project delivery models, but how much further can we go? American Water Intelligence (AWI) and Global Water Intelligence (GWI) present the third US gathering for America's top executives and thought-leaders to explore fresh business ideas and practice.

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A 21st century water sector should embrace and reward best practices, and tomorrow's water leaders must be connected, creative and unafraid to question and improve upon the old paradigms for doing business.

Event: American Water Summit 2012
Venue: Intercontinental O’Hare, Chicago
Date: 14-15 November 2012

“Business Models for the Future”

This event is the major financial conference for the American water industry bringing together an unprecedented number of leaders from public and private sectors to make connections and lay new foundations for the future of water.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel - Mayor of Chicago (Invited)
Mayor Emanuel outlines his vision for what the Infrastructure Trust can achieve for water and wastewater infrastructure in Chicago and the lessons that can be learned by the rest of the United States.
Barbara Bennett - EPA Chief Financial Officer
The EPA’s Technology Innovation Roadmap fosters greater cooperation from entrepreneurs, research communities, investors and the wider private sector. Can it deliver a triple win of environmental solutions, returns for investors and economic growth?


  •     SELLING WATER: Is the real problem with the water sector a marketing problem?

What are the latest and most innovative methods of delivering capital investment to the municipal water sector?

  •     PRIVATE SECTOR RISKS IN INTERSTATE AND TRANS¬BOUNDARY WATERS: How the use, management, and disputes over shared freshwater resources can affect business interests, private property, municipalities, and water rights.
  •     BUSINESS MODELS FOR THE FUTURE (PART 2): NEW MODELS FOR UTILITIES: What role will the internet and information technology play in the efficient water utilities of the future?

We bring together the leaders of the largest US private water companies and equipment suppliers to discuss the state of the industry. What is the outlook for the next 12 months, and the longer term?

  •     MAYOR’S PANEL: A panel of US mayors discuss the ongoing financial challenges facing municipalities around the country and the impact of these financial chal¬lenges on the delivery of water and wastewater services. With:

Mayor James A. Thompson, Sugar Land, TX
Mayor Mary Ann Lutz, Monrovia, CA
Mayor J. Richard Gray, Lancaster, PA
Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, WI (Invited)


Bill Brennan, Summit Global Management - “Different Approaches to Investing in Water.”
Jeff Kightlinger, General Manager, Metropolitan Water District of S California - “The Future of Water in California.”
Steve Maxwell, Managing Director, TechKNOWLEDGEy Group - “Merger and Acquisition Trends in Water.”
Ben Grumbles, President of the Clean Water American Alliance - “The Future of Fracking in the US.”
Greg Heitzman, President, Louisville Water Company - “The Corporatized Municipal Water Company Model.”
Wade Miller, Executive Director, the WateReuse Association and Michael Markus, General Manager, Orange County Water District - “The Future of Water Reuse in the US.”
Melissa Meeker, Executive Director, S Florida Water Management District - “Water Challenges in S Florida.”
Jack Elliott, President, PureTech Ltd - “Addressing America’s Underground Infrastructure Needs.”
Dave Ullrich, Executive Director, The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative - “The Six Principles of Municipal Water Sustainability.”
Amanda Brock, CEO, Water Standard - “Opportunities for Water Companies in the Oil & Gas Markets.”
Paul Marchetti, Executive Director of Pennvest - “New Developments in the State Revolving Fund Model.”
Jay Famiglietti, Professor and Director, UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling - “How Climate Change will affect Water Availability in the US.”
Kathy Shandling, Executive Director, IPWA - “Alternative Funding Tools & Structures for Water Infrastructure.”
Larry Chertoff, Consultant, Environmental Market Analysis - “PPPs in the US: what works, what doesn’t & why?”
Blythe Lyons, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council Program on Energy and Environment - “The Water-Energy Nexus: Priorities for 2013.”
Jorge Arroyo, Director of Innovative Water Technology Programs, The Texas Water Development Board - “New Strategies for Water Sustainability in Texas.”
Joe Seliga, Partner, Global Infrastructure and Government & Global Trade, Mayer Brown LLP – “Water and Infrastructure Policy in the City of Chicago.”
Harry Seely, Principal, WestWater Research – “The US Water Rights Market.”
Denise Clifford, Director of the Office of Drinking Water, Washington State Department of Health - “Ready or Not: How Can Utilities Prepare for the Impact of Climate Change?”
Josh Johnson, US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources - “US Senate Policy on Water & Wastewater.”
Laura Shenkar, Principal, Artemis Project - “Top 10 Technology Developments & Trends in the Water Industry.”
David LaFrance, Executive Director, AWWA - “Sustainability in Water Rates for Utilities.”
Steve Duling, Principal Project Manager, Colorado Springs Utilities - “Effective Project Procurement: Lessons from the Southern Delivery System.”

For the first time, the American Water Summit also includes the American Water Awards acknowledging the most important achievements of the past year. The Awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 14th November, at the Gala Dinner, for the categories of:
Utility performer of the year
Partnership performance of the year
Technology project of the year
Environmental project of the year

The event will attract around 350 delegates and a limited number of Press Passes are available. Contact: rn[at]

In conjunction with GWI, the American Water Summit is organised by AWI, the established financial magazine for America’s water business, providing project trackers, archives and news stories; headquartered at 823 Congress Ave., Ste. 1000, Austin, Texas 78701.

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