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00B Opening: Opening Session: Bridging the Gaps in Bridgetown
Monday, 09/Sep/2019:
8:15am - 9:15am

Session Chair: Robert Lee, Murraysmith;
Location: Portland Ballroom 251-253 & 258 (main floor)

Opening Session Agenda

8:15 – Opening Remarks, Jim Baird, PNCWA President

8:22 – Keynote Speaker, Keith Thomajan, Chief of Staff of Dutch Bros Coffee and recent CEO and President of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

8:52 – Joan Hawley, WEF Board of Trustees and president of Superior Engineering  

9:10 – Conference Announcements, Rob Lee, PNCWA2019 Conference Chair

9:15 – Adjourn

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Equitable Access to Clean Water and Sanitation—Mobilizing to Advance the Common Good

Keith Thomajan

Dutch Brothers Coffee, United States of America;

Building on over 100 years of “mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good”, the opening session will focus on how industry professionals can continue to impact communities in a rapidly growing and evolving Pacific Northwest. As the economic gap in our region grows wider, as our population becomes increasingly diverse and sometimes more divided, and as low-income neighborhoods and communities of color experience even greater education and health disparities, session attendees will learn about their individual role in meeting these challenges head on. Attendees will understand how providing equitable access to healthy watersheds and clean water is a part of the solution to bridging the gaps in our communities and advancing the common good. The opening session will motivate attendees to not only to individually gain the maximum benefit from the conference but to also be inspired to better provide the people in our region with a basic human right: access to clean water and sanitation

Bridge Building through WEF and other Water Quality Agencies

Joan Hawley

Superior Engineering LLC & Water Environment Federation;

This presentation builds on the topic introduced in the first presenttion by providing real-life examples of work that is being done around the nation that protects our environment while also closes the disparity gaps. Joan will help attendees take some of the “why’s” presented in Keith’s talk and focus on a few “how’s”. Joan will present a few bridge-building programs being implemented by stormwater and wastewater agencies, as well as highlighting some of the efforts that WEF is taking to tackle our industry’s workforce challenges, such as the INFLOW program which has been adopted by PNCWA at this year’s conference.

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