Message from Conference Chair

Message from Conference Chair

Rob LeeWelcome to Portland! On behalf of the 2019 PNCWA Conference Committee, we are so excited to host the annual conference for the first time at the Oregon Convention Center! We are living in such exciting times here in the Pacific Northwest and the communities we serve continue to grow at an unprecedented pace.  

With that growth come associated challenges, and so all of the 2019 Conference has been structured to address those challenges head-on. Our theme of “Bridging the Gaps in Bridge City” was created to leverage this amazing gathering of water professionals to bridge the gaps in our industry and to connect with each other in a new and fresh wayPNCWA 2019 will provide some valuable opportunities – top notch technical education, exhibitors showcasing game-changing innovations, facility tours that are utilizing revolutionary technologies, increased collaboration with contractors and vendors, and some amazing networking.  

I’m constantly amazed by the water industry which is filled with some of the most generous people in society today, with many having a very clear desire to benefit our greater communities and the world in which we live. In addition to the personal benefits of the conferencePNCWA 2019 offers some great opportunities to give back with events like Water Palooza to inspire the next generation of youth to consider water careers, our Stormwater Committee hosting a service project to reduce over-paved areasand a 12-mile bike ride here in Portland to benefit Water for People. 

On behalf of the Conference Committee, we’re looking forward to spending a few late summer days with you in Portland! 

Rob Lee, Murraysmith 

PNCWA2019 Conference Chair