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2017 AWWA Summer Workshop

Friday, August 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jason Luettinger
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Members of the Intermountain Section of AWWA attended the Summer Workshop in Denver, Colorado on July 25th to the 27th, 2017.  The annual workshop was hosted by AWWA for the purpose of updating and training section staff and leadership on the current events and initiatives in AWWA.  Attendees at this year’s workshop included Executive Director Alane Boyd, office administrator Donna Conner, and First Trustee Jason Luettinger.

This year’s workshop agenda was packed full of exciting information for the coming year.  A major theme of the workshop was related to membership and involvement of the Y-generation, or millennials (born 1977 to 1995) in AWWA.  The association and water industry in general is evolving as existing leadership move forward in their careers, and a new generation with new perspectives enters the workforce.

Breakout sessions included informative updates on topics such as managing scholarship programs, trends in website design and visual communication, state level advocacy for water issues, meaningful event planning, and responsive governance for the Association.  The presentations were well planned and informative for our section’s staff and board.

One takeaway from the event planning and membership session related to trends with the use of unique venues for meaningful events, fundraising and education.  We have incredible water infrastructure in Utah.  Our rivers and intakes, water treatment plants, reservoirs, education centers, and other unique locations provide great opportunities for events and education of our members and their families.  We should display them proudly when opportunities allow.

The workshop provided an opportunity for networking and development of relationships between other sections of AWWA, as well as with national AWWA staff and executives.  Brenda Lennox, current president of AWWA spoke regarding current goals and initiatives for 2018, including value of non-technical professionals (finance, HR, management) in the association, integration of the new generation Y in the future of our association, and the importance of AWWA as a source of information for the nations water systems.

The workshop was well attended by representatives from AWWA sections across the nation and beyond, including Canada and Puerto Rico.  Our association of over 50,000 members is a thriving organization with an important role.  As a relatively new board member, I appreciated the opportunity to meet others from our great industry who are passionate about water and bring so many inspiring and great ideas to the table that will lead AWWA into the future.

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