It’s Not a Gap, It’s a Trade-off

Written by Heather Himmelberger Heather Himmelberger is the Director at the Southwest Environmental Finance Center I thoroughly enjoy having my conventional thinking turned on its head, which is even more fun when it affects conventional wisdom in general. So here goes… What gap are we talking about here? We often think of the gap as the difference between the money …

Managing Assets or Asset Management?

 Written by: Heather Himmelberger Heather Himmelberger is the Director at the Southwest Environmental Finance Center When you think about your facility – be it water, wastewater, stormwater, or any other set of assets – are your assets managing you, are you managing your assets or are you practicing asset management? The distinctions between the latter two ideas may not seem …

What Role Should Your Utility Play in Your Community’s Development?

Written by: Nick Willis Nick Willis is a Program Manager with the Environmental Finance Center at Wichita State University.  Most of the time water and sewer professionals focus on the day-to-day tasks of operating a utility. But how involved should utilities be in advancing the growth of their community? How does community development fit within the utility’s role to provide …

Four Finance Facts About Flint

Written by: Jeff Hughes Jeff Hughes is the Director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As this blog is being written, water and community managers from across the country are talking about the water crisis that is occurring in Flint, Michigan. The City made a decision several years ago to discontinue buying …

SD Asset Management Workshop 4

Location: Online! Cost: Free Date: 4/21/2014 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT This web meeting served as the final Asset Management workshop in the series provided to water systems in South Dakota.  

WEBINAR: Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin (April 24, 2014)

If you have been to an asset management training or have considered or even started asset management activities, you probably have generated many questions about the process. For example, “Where is a good place to start?” or “What options do I have for mapping my system?” or “How do I number my assets?” You may have specific questions regarding something you’ve tried and had difficulty with. This webinar will provide you with a unique opportunity to ask any and all questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management. An asset management practitioner – Ross Waugh – with extensive experience implementing the process in New Zealand will be here to answer your questions. This will be a great chance to hear information regarding what has worked elsewhere in the world and to learn from those experiences. If you don’t have any questions of your own, you can still greatly benefit from listening in to the questions of others. This webinar will be hosted by the Environmental Finance Center Network.

Gallup, NM Asset Management Workshop: What’s in it for me?

UNM Gallup Campus, Calvin Hall, Room 102 705 Gurley Ave, Gallup NM 87301 Date: 4/28/2014 Time: 9:00 – 12:30 Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Am I spending my revenue dollars in the best way possible?” or “I can’t do everything I would like to do with my system, so how do I decide what is best for me …

WEBINAR: Asset Management Core Component 1 – The Current State of the Assets (rebroadcast)

This is an opportunity for your water system to participate in a training event that will help the utility answer the question, “How can we spend our limited dollars to have the greatest impact?” This webinar will provide an overview of Asset Management and discuss the first core component of Asset Management, The Current State of the Assets.

Asset Management Workshop Series – Interest Meeting

Date: 12/13/2013 Time:  2:30 PM Central  (1:30 PM Mountain, 3:30 PM Eastern) Presented by: EFCN, Heather Himmelberger, Dawn Nall A brief meeting will be held to explain what the Asset Management Workshop Series will include, what the requirements are and the benefits of participating.  Time will be allowed for questions and discussion.

WEBINAR: Asset Management Core Component 5 – Long Term Funding Strategy

This is an opportunity for your water system to participate in a training event that will help the utility answer the question, “How can we spend our limited dollars to have the greatest impact?” This webinar will provide an overview of Asset Management and discuss the first core component of Asset Management, Long Term Funding Strategy.