March 30, 2021

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More and more water agencies are understanding the role that they can play as anchor institutions in communities. As water utilities are spending billions of dollars nationwide to upgrade their infrastructure, many of these investments are taking place in communities that have been historically under-resourced. As a result, water infrastructure projects across the country are being leveraged to support economic inclusion and community opportunities.

In partnership with the Water Agency Leaders Alliance (WALA), this webinar will convene utility heads from Seattle, Louisville, and Detroit for a conversation about how they are supporting small businesses and creating workforce development opportunities to ensure communities of color are set up for long-term economic success.


Juliet Ellis, Head of Public Sector, Promise and Chair, Water Agency Leaders Alliance


Gary Brown, Director, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department
Mami Hara, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Seattle Public Utilities
Tony Parrott, Executive Director, Louisville/Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District