Annual Conference & Exposition

INNOVATING THE FUTURE OF WATER

June 11-14 | Exposition: June 12-14 | MANDALAY BAY CONVENTION CENTER| LAS VEGAS | USA



Legal Program

Sponsored by SL Environmental Law Group SL Environmental Law Group

A one-day program geared toward legal staff, outside legal counsel and general managers will be offered at ACE18. 

Wednesday, June 13 
The session will explore Legal Aspects of Water Infrastructure Funding Mechanisms.

This one-day series of professional sessions will address current legal issues in the water sector, including federal and non-federal funding mechanisms; state revolving funds, municipal bonds, bank financing, and Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). Panelists will discuss the legal parameters to consider when evaluating mechanisms for funding water infrastructure projects.

While content is directed towards the legal audience, all ACE18 participants are welcome to participate in this event. 6 hours of CLEs will be offered for will be applied for in Nevada.


PROGRAM Details

ACE18 Legal Program 


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Schedule at-a-Glance

 *Subject to change. 
 
 Wednesday, June 13
 8:30 a.m. Welcome, Introduction and Overview
Patti Wells, General Counsel, Denver Water
 8:50 a.m. What’s New at USEPA Infrastructure Funding Programs 
Alejandro Escobar, Kiri Anderer, and Kristyn Arnold, USEPA, Washington DC.  (WIFIA, Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, Water Infrastructure and Resiliency and Finance Center.)  
 10:00 a.m. USDA Funding Rural America
Nicole Schindler, United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Rural Utilities 
10:30 a.m. Water Projects: How to Successfully Navigate a Growing But Complicated Process. (State-sponsored programs, Reclamation programs.) 
John Freshman, Best, Best, and Krieger, Attorneys at Law
11:00 a.m. Funding the Third Straw at Lake Mead
Brian Thomas, CFO, Las Vegas Valley Water District/SNWA 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. Common Municipal Infrastructure Finance Technologies,(Municipal Bonds) Penfield Tate, Kutak Rock, LLP
2:15 p.m. Mitigating Legal Risks Arising from Investor-Owned Utility Offers to Privatize Municipal Water Authorities
Legal landscape surrounding efforts at privatization, legal obligations, potential pitfalls to avoid. Recognize risk, improve policies, decrease the potential for costly litigation.  
Brittany Gigliotti and Kevin Kent, Conrad O’Brien PC.  
3:00 p.m. Expanding a Water System Across the County - Technical, Financial, Political, and Legal Challenges
12 permitting agencies, over 100 easements, and equitable rate structure for new and existing members of 50 MGD system
Amrou Atassi, CDM Smith
3:30 p.m. Case Study - Great Lakes Water Authority
How robust communications protects board members, the recent $1.3 billion muni bond deal and the $4.5 million assistance fund.  
William Wolfson, Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer, Great Lakes Water Authority
4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion Presenters from EPA and USDA, State Programs, Municipal Bonds,
Join moderator Patti Wells for a spirited discussion of how water providers can sort through the various legal aspects of funding mechanisms to determine best fit.
Danusha Chandy, Alexis Madden
4:45-6:00 p.m.  Networking Reception  Sponsored by SL Environmental Law Group

 


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