ACE09 Plans Caucus, Certificates for Public Officials

Mayors, water commissioners, council members and other public officials will convene at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego June 14-18 to explore critical water issues during the American Water Works Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE09).

Among the featured public officials events are a three-session Public Officials Certificate program, a Public Officials Breakfast and Caucus and a networking reception.

“We live in a time when water issues are dominating headlines and public policy discussions,” said Michael Bell, chair of AWWA’s Public Officials Forum and board member of the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority in South Carolina. “As public officials, we have a responsibility to immerse ourselves in the critical water issues of the day. There’s no better way to do that than by participating at ACE09.”

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will address his city’s significant water resources challenges during the June 17 Public Officials Breakfast and Caucus, 8-11:30 a.m. Subsequent caucus topics will focus on funding water system improvements in today’s difficult economy, with presentations from respected experts on federal stimulus funding, state revolving funds, and innovative financing options.

For the first time, public officials registered at ACE09 will have an opportunity to earn the AWWA Public Officials Certificate by participating in three four-hour courses the afternoons of June 14-16. Participants will emerge with an excellent grasp of water operations, finance, and sustainability.

Public Officials will have an opportunity to discuss common issues in a relaxed setting during this 5-6 p.m. June 15 networking event.

For more information, visit To register for the public officials reception or caucus, fill out a special registration form and send to Trish Allen at or call 303.734.3471.