Thursday May 6, 2010

Dayton Water Conference

Dayton Water Conference draws national in water industry and highlights the latest technologies and developments.

A lineup of high-profile leaders in the field of water resource innovation will speak May 10-12 at the inaugural Dayton Water Conference hosted by the University of Dayton.

The speakers will discuss the latest developments in the water industry regarding technology, business, government, education and environmental research. The Water Innovations Alliance, a Connecticut-based association promoting water technologies, is coordinating the event.

The purpose of the conference is to improve awareness and collaboration between large companies, engineering firms, universities, utilities, start-ups, NGOs and governments by educating attendees on new water technologies, innovations and prospects. Whether the developments are in materials, information technology, engineering, financing or public policy, the conference will shine a spotlight on all advancements and provide best practices across the spectrum of the water field, with a particular emphasis on activities in the Dayton area.

"The Dayton region is fortunate to have clean and bountiful groundwater," said University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran regarding the University's sponsorship of the event. "Prudent use of our unique water resources for economic development, education and recreation will be a key to the region's future vitality. We look forward to welcoming key stakeholders from across the country to Dayton, Ohio, to learn about new developments in fresh and wastewater technologies."

The keynote speakers for the conference include:

  • Sally Gutierrez — Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Paul Gagliardo, M.P.H., P.E. — Manager, Innovation Development, American Water
  • Scott Livingston — Chief Executive Officer, Livingston Securities, LLC
  • Finn Nielsen — Chairman, VWS North America, Veolia Water
  • Mark Shannon Ph.D. — The WaterCAMPWS Center, University of Illinois
  • Peter Williams — IBM Distinguished Engineer, CTO, Big Green Inn
  • Uri Attir — Business Development Director in Israel, Dayton Development Coalition
  • Donna Winchester — Environmental Manager for the City of Dayton

"The Dayton Water Conference has been designed to educate attendees on new water technologies and business opportunities, and there is no better way to accomplish this than to provide them with first-hand access to the true innovators in their fields," said Vincent Caprio, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Water Innovations Alliance. "We're honored to welcome this esteemed group to the premiere of our conference."

Complete event details are available online at http://www.daytonwaterconference.org. For information on attending or exhibiting at the Dayton Water Conference, contact Vincent Caprio at vince@waterinnovations.org.

The University's decision to host the event marks a continued commitment to be a leader in advocating the Dayton region's abundant natural water resources and to use those resources to promote education, environmental stewardship and economic growth.

The annual River Summit, held at the University of Dayton every April, is another example of this commitment. Coordinated by the University's student-led Rivers Institute and the Miami Conservancy District, the summit brings together representatives from Sidney to Fairfield, business owners, agricultural and statewide groups to develop a regional strategy for promoting the Great Miami River.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.