May 2014 Conference

Investing in America’s Public Water Systems – Making Public-Private Partnerships Work

Hosted by:
The Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL)


Conference Description:

American cities and towns need to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in their public water and sewer systems. Investors are keen to invest in efficiently operated systems that will provide a steady return. Implied in the name, the success of “public-private partnerships” depends on striking an appropriate balance between the interests of uncommon allies by providing for return on investments while safeguarding the public interest. A new model – recently used in Bayonne, NJ – has emerged as a viable option for meeting the needs of both public and private partners. Please join us as we examine the financial and political lessons of past public private partnerships and assess the components that make public private partnerships for public water services work – for all stakeholders.


Wharton IGEL Blog Post – “Investing in Secure Water Infrastructure,” By Nathan Sell

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AGENDA – Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Registration & Breakfast – 8:30 – 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks & Keynote – 9:00 – 9:30 AM
Opening Welcome & Remarks: Eric Orts, Faculty Director, IGEL

Panel 1 – 9:30 – 10:15 AM
Investing in America’s Water Infrastructure – Defining the Need

Moderator: Rich Henning, United Water
Rich Anderson, U.S Conference of Mayors
Stan Laskowski, University of Pennsylvania

Break – 10:15 – 10:30 AM

Panel 2 – 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Leveraging Public-Private Solutions – Identifying Solutions

Moderator: Rich Henning, United Water
Patrick Cairo, United Waters
James Hagan, University of Pennsylvania
James Kennedy, Former Mayor, City of Rahway

Panel 3 – 11:15 – 12:00 PM
Engaging the Public – Building support

Moderator: Rich Henning, United Water
Kelly Henry, Henry & Germann Public Affairs, LLC
Deb Colton, DebCo, LLC
Tim Carden, PFM Group

Closing Remarks & Audience Questions – 12:00-12:15 PM
Networking Lunch – 12:15 – 1:15