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When: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: GAWP HQ - Jones Room
1655 Enterprise Way
Marietta, Georgia  30067
United States
Contact: Donnell Duncan

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H2Opportunity Meeting Agenda - GAWP HQ

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

1.      Approval of Minutes from 11.28.17

2.      Welcome

3.      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

4.      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.”

5.      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, Tara Brown

Column: What’s Your H2Opportunity – 5 Questions for featured water professional.

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

·        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

Potential: Emory Water Hub, Biomass research at Georgia Tech

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

·        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, Laurie Loft

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

6.      New ideas: Operator Leadership Academy, Operator workshops at District Meetings

7.      Schedule next meeting