Materials Available from NADO/HUD Water Infrastructure Workshop in Wichita, KS

Wichita_logoOn October 28-29, 2014, the NADO Research Foundation and the Environmental Finance Center Network co-hosted the workshop “Linking Water Infrastructure to Community and Economic Development in Smaller Places” in Wichita, Kansas.

This event was funded through the NADO Research Foundation’s capacity building work as part of the Sustainable Communities Learning Network which is supporting HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees and EPA technical assistance recipients through training, peer exchanges, technical assistance, research and publications, and other resources.

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Workshop participants toured water infrastructure projects throughout the region. Here, looking out onto the Little Arkansas River.

Participants from six grantee teams from around the country came together for training, opportunities to network, and to tour innovative water infrastructure projects underway in the Wichita region.

Materials from the event are now available.  Click here for the event packet which includes the full agenda, information about the participating teams, and a contact list for attendees.  Click the links below for PowerPoint presentations.

Photos from the event, including visits to the Wichita Aquifer Storage Recovery program and the WATER Center, are available here.

Kay Drennan, environmental specialist for the city, leads a tour of Wichita’s WATER Center, a treatment facility and educational resource for residents.

Grantee Success Stories: Sharing What’s Working (5×5 Presentations)
Resilient Region (MN)
Granite State Future (NH)
Parkview Gardens:  A Sustainable and Accessible Neighborhood (MO)
Oyate Omniciye | Oglala Lakota Plan (SD)
Regional Economic Area Partnership – Prosperity Plan (KS) 

Water Supply Issues in the Wichita Region and the South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan
Angela Buzard, Director, Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center
Joe Pajor, Deputy Director of Public Works and Utilities, City of Wichita

Water’s Impact on Economic Development
Nick Willis, Program Manager, Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center

Hazard Mitigation as an Economic Development Strategy
Josh Human, Director
Andrea Pompei Lacy, Project Manager
Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development at the University of Louisville

Saving Costs through a Regional Approach to Water Infrastructure
Monica Billig, Program Manager, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center

Brad Weber, General Supervisor II at the Wellfield ASR, provides a tour of the City's Aquifer Storage and Recovery program.
Brad Weber, General Supervisor II at the Wellfield ASR, provides a tour of Wichita’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery program.

For more information about this event and NADO’s other capacity building activities as part of the Sustainable Communities Learning Network, please contact NADO Research Foundation Program Manager Brett Schwartz.   


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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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