November 28, 2017

Private Finance: Confronting the Unfamiliar

With the White House offering few alternatives, private finance may soon become a reality for many municipalities across North America. It is an unfamiliar world for most. This workshop will provide an introduction to the ways in which private investors can work with public water utilities to address infrastructure needs. 

Led by experienced P3 professionals, the workshop features presentations from utility leaders involved in successful P3 water projects such as Bayonne (NJ), San Antonio (TX) and Carlsbad (CA), as well as input from the leading private investment funds involved in the water sector.

Ahead of the American Water Summit 2017, this pre-conference event is aimed at utility executives needing to understand the P3 proposition for water infrastructure finance in a discrete, off-the-record and commitment-free environment.

Workshop Chairs



  • $200 for NACWA and partner agencies
  • $0 Global Water Leaders Group program at the American Water Summit 2017
  • $695 Non-utility participants



On-Site Registration Opens/Box Lunch


Understanding Private Finance

With many water utilities across North America facing the unfamiliar world of private finance, a select panel of utility leaders, investors and industry experts kick off workshop proceedings with a general introduction to the benefits and challenges of this essential tool.

Panel Speakers


Networking & Coffee Break


Finding Solutions Through Collaborative Approaches: Case Studies and Ways Forward

This session will discuss how the industry can work together to replicate successful precedents – and identify new solutions – which improve water infrastructure in the US while providing mutual benefits to public and private stakeholders.



Networking & Coffee Break


Roundtables Session

Tightly focused roundtables connect workshop attendees with their public and private sector counterparts and facilitate discussions that include strategies to win the PR battle, opportunities for innovative contract structures, and the impact of Washington policy.

Preliminary Topics

  1. What is the best PR strategy for addressing public concern about P3s?
    HostSapna Mulki, Hahn Public Communications

  2. Will utility consolidation facilitate partnerships with the private sector?
    Hosts: Hector Gonzalez, El Paso Water and Bill Teichmiller, EJ Water CoopAssociation of Rural Water Organizations

  3. How can P3s support the adoption of innovative technologies and solutions?
    Hosts: Greg Cannito, Corvias and Adam Ortiz, Prince George’s County

  4. How can local regulatory oversight help catalyze private investment?
    Hosts: Tammy Benter, Public Utility Commission of Texas and Bob Laughman, Aqua Texas

  5. What are the different P3 models available and how do they work?
    Host: Prakash Ganesh, KPMG


Post Workshop Cocktail Hour

Pre-Conference Speakers

Robert R. Puente

President/CEO, San Antonio Water System