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Executive Luncheon Series: Regional Water Planning - Where are we now and where do we go from here?
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For Utility Directors, Assistant Directors & Local Corporate Senior Executives Registration for the Executive Luncheon Series is open to GAWP Corporate & Utility Members only.

When: 07/08/2014
Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., Program from 12:00 -1:30 PM
Where: GAWP HQ
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Ashley Simeone

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This event was originally scheduled for June 24. The date has been changed to July 8.


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Georgia Association of Water Professionals'

Executive Luncheon Series

For Utility Directors, Assistant Directors & Local Corporate Senior Executives

Registration for the Executive Luncheon Series is open to GAWP Corporate & Utility Members Only.

July 8 at GAWP HQ 

11:30 a.m. Lunch Served (buffet)

12:00 p.m. Program:


Regional Water Planning – Where are we now and where do we go from here?

* Recap of initial regional planning 
* Overview of current activities and next steps 
* Perspectives by council chairs 

1:30 p.m. Adjourn

Panelists/Speakers include:

Russ Pennington, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, GA EPD
Russ helps guide key policy initiatives through both development and implementation. He also helps communicate EPD’s message to external customers and assists with legislative matters.

Russ’ past experience includes Associate Vice President and Atlanta Water Business Group Manager at HDR. Russ is a professional engineer in GA, AL and FL and a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in Biological Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. He has extensive experience in various water projects in the private sector.

Russ is a member of the University of Georgia’s Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, the Water Environment Federation, the American Water Works Association, and the GA Association of Water Professionals.  Russ and his wife Kelli have two daughters, Caroline and Eleanor, and reside in the City of Brookhaven. 

Elmo Richardson, Chair, Middle Ocmulgee Water Planning Council
Elmo Richardson graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Civil engineering. After almost three years serving in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers he returned to Macon and joined Tribble & Associates, a consulting engineering firm that primarily worked with city and counties throughout Georgia. In 1970, Hiram Tribble and Richardson founded Tribble & Richardson. Following Tribble’s death in 1978, RIchardson became the President of the firm. Richardson has served on the GAWP board, as Chairman of the Georgia Section AWWA, and National Director of WEF. In 2006, Richardson formed Elmo A. Richardson, Jr. PE, LLC, Consulting Engineers, working primarily with local governments on water and wastewater issues. 

Ron Cross, Chair, Savannah Upper Ogeechee

Mayor Boyd Austin, Chair, Metropolitan North GA Water Planning District

Mayor Austin is the Mayor of the City of Dallas, a position he has held since 1995. He is the longest serving Mayor in the city’s history. He has been on the Board of the Metro Water District since 2003 and in addition to currently serving as the Chairman of the Governing Board he serves as a member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Board and the Legislative Policy Committee of the GA Municipal Association. In 2010, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Mayor Austin to serve as a municipal representative on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority. He is extremely knowledgeable in regional and state-wide water issues. He has done great work in promoting the mission of the District and is committed to upholding the integrity of the District plans.