Wednesday, October 26, 2016

*The latest updates on available funding through the Texas Water Development Board *State water plan 2017: overview and key conclusions *Key takeaways...

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Main Summit Agenda

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:00 – 8:00

Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks by the Summit Chair State of Water in Texas “Post-Drought”

8:15 – 8:45

Keynote Address

8:45 – 9:15

Presentation: Drought/Supply & Demand Forecast *What are currently the key water sources for Texans and how has access to these sources been changing? *How is growth in Texas affecting water supply and demand? To what degree will key water sources be affected? *As dry conditions persist in the state, how will supply and demand be affected? Dr. David Brauer, Manager, Ogallala Aquifer Program and Acting Lab Director, ARS-USDA Bushland TX

9:15 – 9:45

Presentation: Achieving Sustainable Groundwater Management The Ogallala Aquifer in the Texas Panhandle, which provides the majority of groundwater supplies in Texas, is being pumped at a rate many times greater than the recharge rate. In other parts of the state, land subsidence has occurred because of overdrafting of groundwater, driving groundwater users to convert to surface water supplies. In this session, gain insights into sustainable groundwater management and specific measure that can be taken now, including conservation and recapture, even as dry conditions persist. David Porter, Chairman, Texas Railroad Commission

9:45 – 10:15

Networking Break Government Perspectives & Funding

10:15 – 11:00 Presentation State Water Funding Opportunities

*The latest updates on available funding through the Texas Water Development Board *State water plan 2017: overview and key conclusions *Key takeaways for entities looking for state funding *Available loans: how is SWIFT funding being administered and allocated? *Status report on projects successfully funded through SWIFT Kathleen Jackson, Board Member, Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) 11:00 – 12:00 Panel: WIFIA/Federal Initiatives This panel will include a discussion of the impact of WIFIA on new water technology development, and discuss the intersection of WIFIA, state funding, and the private sector, through P3s. Panelists: Matt Chiller, Vice President, Federal Affairs, CH2M Hill Tommy Holmes, Legislative Director, American Water Works Association Dan Hunter, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Department of Agriculture Doug Scott, Managing Director, U.S. Public Finance, Fitch Ratings Raffael Stein, Director, Municipal Support Division, EPA Tim Williams, Deputy Executive Director, Water Environment Federation 12:00 – 1:30

Group Luncheon

1:30 – 2:15

Panel: Mayor’s Panel: Current and Long-Term Municipal and Local Community Water Needs *How have local municipalities and local communities been affected by the water shortages? *What kinds of options are currently available to them? *What do they need in the short term, and how can they get it while preparing for a water constricted future? Panelists: Maher Maso, Mayor, City of Frisco, TX Webb K. Melder, Mayor, City of Conroe, TX Dwain Morrison, Mayor, City of San Angelo, TX Beth Van Duyne, Mayor, City of Irving, TX Investment Perspectives

2:15 – 3:00

Panel: Private Investment Perspectives Hear bankers and investment bankers perspectives on the infrastructure funds they create via private equity investments though bonds and loans to finance water infrastructure projects, and what affects their investment decisions. Topics will include: *Assessing the best opportunities in the Texas water market *Rule of capture issues and water rights investments *Perspectives on investing in desalination and water reuse projects *Exciting projects, regions to focus on Panelists:

Samara Barend, Senior Vice President, P3 Development Director, AECOM Capital Edward M. Campana, Principal and Chief Financial Officer, Countryside Ventures LLC (invited) Theodore Chapman, Senior Director, U.S. Public Finance Infrastructure Group, Standard & Poor 3:00 – 3:30

Networking Break

3:30 – 4:00

Case Study: Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion Project Co-Presenters: Jeffrey Benjamin, P.E., Project Director – Northeast Water Purification Plant Expansion, City of Houston, TX Michael E. Lucchesi, P.E., Vice President- Area Manager, CH2M Hill

4:00 – 5:00

Panel: Developing Successful Water P3s *Options for structuring a P3 procurement (competing, sole source etc.) *Role of parties in a P3 transaction. *Key factors for success in P3s. *Ensuring the deal is bankable. *Issues likely to impact P3 water deals (i.e. as distinct from building and social P3 deals) Panelists: Mark Kempton, Project Director, Skanska Steven D. Owen, Vice President, Infrastructure Development, PERC Water Corporation Robert R. Puente, President & CEO, San Antonio Water System Iain Tester, _______________, KPMG Tim Williams, Managing Director, Municipal Finance, RBC Capital Markets

5:00 – 6:00

End of Summit Day One Networking Cocktail Reception

Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:00 – 8:00

Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05

Welcome and Introduction by Summit Chair End User & Utility/Water District Perspectives

8:05 – 9:00

Panel: Industrial & Agricultural End User Panel In this interactive panel discussion, gain insights from a variety of end users along the water value chain as to current challenges and opportunities regarding Texas water security and what they think will be the most critical issues going forward. Panelists: Dr. David Brauer, Manager, Ogallala Aquifer Program and Acting Lab Director, ARS-USDA Bushland TX Michael Dunkel, Vice President, Water, CH2M Hill Billy Howe, Associate Director, Government Affairs, Texas Farm Bureau Lairy Johnson, Environmental and Sustainability Engineer, MillerCoors

9:00 – 10:15

Panel: Utilities & Water District Perspectives on Texas Water *What do water suppliers need to do over the next few years to ensure water surety? *Lessons learned from the drought *What incentives will be available to private sector entities involved in infrastructure projects looking to service these end users? Panelists: Melissa Bryant, P.E., CFM, PMP, Environmental Sciences Department Manager, San Antonio River Authority Linda Christie, Government Affairs Director, Tarrant Regional Water District Teresa Lutes, P.E., Managing Engineer, Systems Planning Division, Water Resources Management, Austin Water James Lee Murphy, Esq., Executive Manager, Water Resources and Utility Operations, GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Daniel K. Nix, Utilities Operations Manager, City of Wichita Falls, TX Denis W. Qualls, P.E., D.WRE, Senior Program Manager, Water Planning, Dallas Water Utilities Aubrey A. Spear, P.E., Director of Water Utilities, City of Lubbock, TX

10:15 – 10:45 Networking Break 10:45 – 11:20 Presentation: Case Study: Smart Water Metering in Round Rock Jessica Woods, Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Round Rock, TX 11:20 – 12:00 Presentation: Case Study: Vista Ridge Robert R. Puente, President & CEO, San Antonio Water System 12:00

End of Summit Day Two