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Public-Private Partnerships: A Solution for Texas Water Management

Pre-registration is now closed but on-site registration will be available – Complete Workshop Program


Meeting Purpose

An interactive workshop that focuses on what owners need to know to evaluate the new developments, viability and procurement methods for a water P3 in Texas.

Registration Prices

If you register by August 21, it is $50 for a government official, $175 for a NCPPP member, and $320 for a non-member. If you register by September 4, it is $60 for a government official, $200 for a NCPPP member, and $370 for a non-member. If you register after September 4, it is $70 for a government official, $210 for a NCPPP member, and $380 for a non-member. If you register after September 4, you must register on-site.

Program Agenda

Wednesday, September 11 – Austin, TX

8:00 am     Registration & Breakfast           Sponsored by:



8:30 am     Welcoming Comments

8:35 am     Keynote Opening Remarks

A recognized authority outlines what new money is available, and the process that has been put in place to access it, in the context of the current Texas statutes and the current needs in the state.

Introduction: Craig Sorensen, NCPPP Board Member
Speaker: Sen. Kirk Watson, Texas Senate – District 14

9:15 am     When to Use a P3 in Texas

How do you determine that a P3 might be appropriate and what statutory framework to use? A panel of public and private experts outlines the process of determining the approach that would be viable. This will include the need for a technical evaluation, and the options available with the TWDB, for both regional and local projects.

Moderator/presenter: Mary Scott Nabers, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

Speakers: Doug Herbst, MWH
Donovan Burton, San Antonio Water System
Rebecca Motal, Lower Colorado River Authority

10:15 am     Coffee Break           Sponsored by:    

Reytec                         VEOLIA Water - Logo

10:30 am     Assembling The Right PPP Team To Help

What types of professionals are needed to provide assistance (consultants, engineers, financers, lawyers, etc.), to handle the first steps necessary prior to the issuing of an RFP?

Moderator: Tim Merriweather, Longbow Partners
Speakers: Stewart Diana, DLA Piper
George Tapas, URS

11:15 am      Options for Financing and Funding

A discussion of what owners need to know, to blend public (both state and local) and private monies to make a project possible, and in a way that will attract private capital.

Moderator: Mark Ellison, Texas Water Development Board
Speakers: Thad Wilson, M3 Capital Partners
Jeff Walker, Texas Water Development Board
Darrell Nichols, Texas Water Development Board
Stacy Barna, Texas Water Development Board

12:15 pm      Luncheon                    Sponsored by:


12:45 pm        Roundtables

Moderators lead discussions of what owners need for guidance and advice with the following types of projects:

Potable water

At the end of the session, each moderator gives a brief report.

2:15 pm     Case Studies – the Good and the Bad Experiences in Procurement

Experts discuss water and wastewater projects in Texas and examples from other states.

Moderator: Scott Welsh, CH2M Hill
Speakers: Dan Sugarman, United Water
Dennis Enright, NW Financial
Jonathan Carpenter, Veolia Water
Eric Petersen, Hawkins Delafield & Wood

3:00 pm     Coffee Break          Sponsored by:

Logo_Leidos                        VEOLIA Water - Logo

3:15 pm     Value for Money Analysis

Experts outline the process of use of a public sector comparator, full life-cycle and net present value to judge if a PPP is appropriate for a given project.

Moderator: Rick Norment, NCPPP
Speakers: Rodney Moss, Aon
Jill Jamieson, Deloitte

4:15 pm      Wrap Up

Rick Norment discusses the conclusions that should be drawn from the presentations of the day.

Meeting Location

Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Reservation Line: 512.482.8000