The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub in Buford, Georgia, will host 10th annual event for CFOs, finance professionals Aug. 6-7
The Water Finance Conference, a two-day educational seminar for water utility finance executives, will host its 2024 event Aug. 6-7 at The Water Tower Global Innovation Hub in Buford, Georgia. The Water Tower is located about 45 miles from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
The Water Finance Conference convenes executive-level utility professionals, including directors, general managers, CEOs, CFOs and city finance managers along with consultants, financial advisors, legal professionals and service providers involved in financing municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Since 2015, the event has been hosted annually by the journal Water Finance & Management, published by Benjamin Media, Inc., in partnership with the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA).
The Water Tower, a first-of-its-kind nonprofit water innovation hub born out of Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources, celebrated its grand opening in April 2022. The $33.7 million campus is a global hub for water utilities, researchers, companies and other water-related organizations to collaboratively solve critical, real-world water and environmental challenges. The campus features multiple laboratories, a field training center and water technology demonstration areas. It is located next to Gwinnett County’s F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, an award-winning advanced wastewater treatment and resource recovery facility.
“We are very excited to bring our tenth annual Water Finance Conference, exclusively for financial decision makers in the utility sector, to The Water Tower in 2024,” said Rob Krzys, president of Benjamin Media, Inc. “The Water Tower focuses on applied research, technology innovation and much more. We’re thrilled to bring a discussion on financial innovation to their campus for a couple days in August. See you in Georgia in 2024!”
The Water Finance Conference is the only conference in the U.S. water utility sector exclusively tailored to finance professionals. Leading topics covered include rate studies and utility rate setting; low-income affordability/customer affordability programs; IIJA/Bipartisan Infrastructure Law fund implementation; applying federal funding locally; leveraging Clean/Drinking Water SRFs; budgeting and short/long-term financial planning; and regulatory issues affecting utilities – Lead and Copper Rule Improvements, PFAS, etc.
Speakers generally include a mix of drinking water/clean water utility finance officers, general managers, public affairs directors, municipal advisors, EPA officials and service providers. Presenters and panelists have also included city and county finance managers, current/former mayors and city councilmembers, and others with a vested interest in the funding of water infrastructure in the United States.
The 2024 conference is sponsored by main event sponsors NACWA and Synario, with additional sponsors Wade Trim and tabletop sponsor Synario.