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2021 Water And Wastewater Finance Strategies Workshop

February 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am - February 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The Environmental Finance Center’s annual Water and Wastewater Finance Strategies workshop provides utility practitioners with skills and up-to-date information on pricing, infrastructure finance planning strategies, and funding resources. This year’s workshop will feature new information on the viability of utilities, COVID-19’s effects and response in utility finance, affordability, and integrated planning.

Intended audience: Local government staff, local elected officials, utility staff, consultants, and technical assistance providers.



The workshop this year is being offered virtually, split over three days. Click on any of the hyperlinks below to download a PDF copy of the slides.


Wednesday, February 24th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

1:00 Introduction and Overview of Utility Finance

1:30 Viable Utilities Reserve and the State’s Approach to Assisting Distressed Units (Kim Colson and Debbie Tomasko)

2:30 Break

2:45 Self-assessing Financial Performance

3:30 Strategies to Enhance the Resilience of Utility Finances

4:00 Adjourn


Thursday, February 25th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

1:00 Financially Operating Under COVID-19 Conditions

2:15 COVID-19 Financial Relief Funds for Customers and Utilities

2:30 Break

2:45 Assessing Affordability and Equity Considerations

3:30 USDA Funding Programs (Dennis Delong)

4:00 Adjourn


Friday, February 26th, 9:30am – 12:30pm 

9:30 Trends in Rates and Capital Needs

10:30 Updates to the Rates and Financial Sustainability Dashboard

11:00 Break

11:15 Integrated Planning

12:00 DWI Funding Programs (Jon Risgaard)

12:20 Final Questions and Wrap up

12:30 Adjourn


More information, presentation materials, and registration is available on the School of Government’s webpage for this course.


February 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am
February 26, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
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