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When: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: GAWP HQ - GAWP Room
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Donnell Duncan

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Call in number: 866-410-7511, Conference Code #9380

H2Opportunity Meeting Agenda - GAWP HQ

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

1.       Approval of Minutes from 08.23.17

2.       Welcome

3.       Fall Conference Review

4.       Key Message – Kim Holland

  H2Opportunity!  Career Path for Water Protection from GED to PhD

  -             Purpose:   Make a difference in your world

  -             Protect:    Your environment & community

  -             Pathway:  To your future

5.       Reminder of Objectives for 2017/2018

a.       Raise awareness of career opportunities in the water/ wastewater industry.

                     Tag Line - “Where are the H2Opportunities?”

b.       Connect interested and qualified candidates with opportunities.

                     Tag Line – “Here are the H2Opportunities.”

6.       Reports from Project Champions, Dream Teams and Sub-Committee Chairs

a.       Vice-Chair: Helps with everything - Christine Yi

b.       Secretary: Takes notes during meetings and produces minutes. - Christine Rubel

c.       Publication Sub-Committee Chair: Works with Angela Bond (GAWP) to ensure committee meets deadlines for GA Operator articles and provides content for all GAWP electronic communications including job postings. – Lindsey Sargent

Spring GA Operator Ideas -

·       Future of the Workforce

·       Innovation/New Ideas

·       Trends in the National Water Industry

·       Successful Recruitment Programs and how they work

d.       Program Sub-Committee Chair: Works with Kathy Nguyen and Program Committee to ensure we have a track in each conference. Attends program committee meetings – Sarah Skinner

·       Spring Conference: Abstracts due December 15th.

Session One: Educating the Next Generation of Water Professionals – Chattahoochee Tech Professor (Kim to Confirm)

Session Two: “Clearing a Pathway for Advancement in a Water Utility” – Gary McCoy, MWA

Session Three: Round Table Discussion - “Operators – Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go!” – Gary McCoy, MWA; Bernard Franks, CCWA; Kim Holland, MW

·       Annual Conference: Abstracts due when?

Session One: “Compensation and Reward Models – How People Get Paid” – Dr. Angel Duncan, Liberty University

Session Two: “Decoding Compensation in GA Water Utilities” – Bernard Franks, CCWA

Session Three: Panel Discussion - “Show Me the Money: A Candid Conversation About Compensation” – Dr. Angel Duncan, Liberty University; Bernard Franks, CCWA, Kim Holland, MW


e.       Member Sub-Committee Chair: Oversees booth set-up at conferences and works with committee to come up with creative ideas for giveaways and activities for booths – Sarah Skinner

·       Budget Proposal Submitted to GAWP

$ 1,200 - GAWP (Careers in the GA Water Industry) Brochures/ Handouts for middle school, high school and college students

$ 2,000 - GAWP Giveaways for middle school, high school and college outreach events as well as GAWP Conferences

$ 1,300 -  H2Opportunity Website Outsourcing for incorporation into GAWP web platform

$ 4,500    Total

f.        Outreach Sub-Committee Chair: Manage outreach activities, partner programs, career center contacts, maintain the calendar of outreach events, manage volunteers, event contacts and all other associated details. – Lindsey Sargent (co-chair), Christine Rubel (co-chair), Christine Yi and Kim Holland

·       Upcoming Events

     Lego League

·       Proposed Events

     KSU Engineering Club (ASCE)

g.       Internship/ Job Sub-Committee Chair: Formulate and manage a sustainable program which connects interested potential water professionals to opportunities. (Model after Sustainable Connections at Metro Water District) – Lora Amedu and Kim Holland

·       Goals:

o   Create database of all local water industry internships for placement on website.

o   Discover best practices to share industrywide.

·       Report on ARC Internship Program review for best practices.

·       Lessons learned from Internship Program at Augusta Utilities – Leadra Collins

h.       Innovation Task Force: Find out what’s next in the industry. Research and vet new ideas, technologies and innovations which can be featured in H2Opportunity tracks at conferences and articles in the Georgia Operator. – Christine Yi

i.         H2Opportunity Website: Launch Date – 2018 GAWP Annual Conference – Andrew Toth (Champion), Lora Amedu and Kim Holland

·       The GAWP website is for us, H2Opportunity’s website is for everyone else.

·       Priorities: Content, Appearance and Usefulness

j.         (3) Hard Copy “Jobs in the Water Industry” Brochures for middle, high school and college students: Deadline: Deadline - January 2018 – Christine Rubel (Champion) and Kim Holland

k.       Survey of Young Professionals: Deadline – 2017 Fall Conference - Andrew Toth (Champion), Lora Amedu, Christine Yi and Kim Holland

7.       New ideas: Coordinate with other committees, emphasize utilities which offer tuition reimbursement and highlight the environmental and social impacts of the water industry.

8.       Schedule next meeting