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2014 Annual Fall Conference – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno NV

Keynote Speaker Nathan Allen, Executive Director of the Nevada Center of Excellence

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA- The California–Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CA-NV AWWA) holds several regional conferences and events providing water utility personnel with formal and informal learning opportunities. This year’s Annual Fall Conference takes place in Reno, Nevada, where the Keynote Luncheon speaker will be Nathan Allen, the newly appointed Executive Director of the Nevada Center of Excellence. The NvCOE drives the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) innovation initiatives and provides the nexus for public-private sector collaboration in water-focused technologies. The Center leverages the world-renowned expertise of the Desert Research Institute and Nevada System of Higher Education institutions focusing on hydrologic sciences, the leadership of the Southern Nevada Water Authority in water utility innovation, and the resources of economic development organizations of GOED and the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA).

This keynote presentation will introduce Mr. Allen to the Nevada water community.  He joined NvCOE as its first permanent director on October 6.  While previously located in Tucson, Arizona, Mr. Allen served as CEO and Principal of a company focused on solving clients’ environmental science and sustainability problems.  Prior positions included work as a research scientist, sustainability coordinator for Biosphere 2, and as a solar technician.

Members of the media are invited to attend Nathan Allen’s speech. To attend please contact us in advance, and come to the registration desk at the Grand Sierra prior to the Keynote Luncheon.

WHAT:  CA-NV AWWA Annual Fall Conference Keynote Luncheon Speaker

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 11:30 am–1 pm

WHERE:  Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno NV


·         Mission and goals of the Nevada Center of Excellence

·         Collaboration of water utilities, associations, and higher education for technology breakthroughs and economic development

·         Skills for the water workforce

The California – Nevada Section of American Water Works Association (AWWA) is a non-profit association, whose mission is to support the drinking water professionals who provide safe and reliable water to millions of people throughout California and Nevada.  Since 1920, California – Nevada AWWA members and volunteers have impacted the industry with their commitment and dedication to leading, educating, and serving the drinking water community to ensure public health and to provide safe and sufficient water for all. For more information on California – Nevada Section of AWWA or to become a member, call 909-481-7200 or visit www.ca-nv-awwa.org.