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The Water Environment Federation, Greater New Orleans, Inc., and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans are pleased to present the Great Water Cities Summit 2015: Collaborating for a Resilient Future on July 21 and 22, 2015. This exclusive water industry event gathers experts from across the globe in New Orleans to discuss key issues challenging the water sector including collaboration, managing water in extreme conditions, workforce development and economics, and innovation and investment.


When: July 21-22, 2015  

Where: Tulane University Lavin-Bernick Center - New Orleans, LA 70118

Registration: This event is available to all registrants at a flat rate of $260.  Click here to register now!  (You do not need to be a WEF member to register.) 

Hotel Reservations:  WEF has secured a room block at the Courtyard Marriot New Orleans Downtown Convention Center for your convenience at a rate of $119.00 plus occupancy fees per night.  Click here to book your room at the WEF rate now!   If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, please call 800-321-2211 and ask for the Water Environment Federation block to receive the discounted room rate. 

In addition, WEF will provide a complimentary shuttle from the hotel to Tulane on  July 22 for your convenience.  The Summit's formal programming begins on July 22 with a day of expert panel discussions, structured networking sessions, luncheon, and peer-to-peer connections. We invite you to arrive in New Orleans on July 21 for an afternoon tour of key water facilities followed by a Welcome Reception in the evening. These optional activities will be available for complimentary selection during the registration process. More details will be emailed to you after registration.  


Preliminary Agenda

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

1:00-4:00 pm:  Key Water Facilities Tour

5:00-6:30 pm:  Welcome Reception at Courtyard Marriott

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

8:30-9:00 am:  Welcome

9:00-10:00 am:  Panel I – Utility / Utility Collaboration

10:00-11:15 am:  Coffee and Structured Networking Session

11:15 am-Noon: Panel II – Managing Water in Extremes 

CONFIRMED SPEAKER:  Adel Hagekhalil | Assistant Director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation 

Noon-1:15 pm:  Luncheon

1:30-2:10 pm:  Panel III – Workforce Development & Economics 

CONFIRMED SPEAKER:  Karen Pallansch | CEO, Alexandria Renew Enterprises

2:15-3:00 pm:  Panel IV – Innovation and Investment 

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS:  Mike Eckert | Chairman, NOLA Angel Network; Martin Vilhelmsen | Project Manger, RAMBOLL; Sue Schneider | CEO, Spartanburg Water

3:15-4:00 pm:  General Discussion and Next Steps 

4:00-5:30 pm:  Peer to Peer Connection and Networking


Thank you to our sponsor for their generous support: 
  Greeley and Hansen    



Questions about this event?  Contact Melissa Rose, WEF Conference Coordinator: