BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — UIM: Water Utility Infrastructure Management (UIM) announced it will host its first Water Finance Conference Sept. 1-2 at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, according to a press release.

The theme of the conference is “Innovative Strategies for Funding Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Infrastructure,” and the event is aimed at reaching municipal finance offers and utility CFOs within those three areas, stated the release.

The conference will feature panel discussions and presentations covering private financing and private capital investment for public utilities, rate setting and affordability as well as trends in public utility financing, reported the release.

“Without a doubt, finding money to solve our water infrastructure problems is the biggest challenge facing our cities,” said UIM CEO and Publisher Bernie Krzys. “There are many innovative methods available to consider in addressing these finance issues. To bring a focus to this, we are holding the first annual Water Finance Conference. Preparation for the conference has been under way for some time, and we have assembled an outstanding group of water professionals to assist in developing the agenda.”

MWH Global is serving as the main sponsor of the conference, noted the release, and many other industry organizations have also already signed on as supporting associations, including: The U.S. Water Alliance, the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition (SWIC) and more.

You can find the release here.