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WI Training | Building a Workforce for Rural Water & Wastewater Systems

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Date and Time: 2-20-2024 @ 09:30 AM (CDT) to 2-20-2024 @ 12:00 PM (CDT)
Location: Online Event

Cost: Free

Description: Small water and wastewater systems have a tough time recruiting and retaining experienced staff. What happens when your current operator or manager retires, or moves to a larger system? Who knows what they know? Who can replace them? Workforce planning strategies help ensure you attract and retain a strong team, and provide a basis for utility management and planning. Join us for this workshop to talk about succession planning, recruitment, and staff retention.

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze gaps in your current workforce
  • Retain talent long-term, and prepare them for shifting skillsets and needs
  • Recruit and work with newer generations of water managers
  • Prepare for retirements with succession planning and knowledge transfer tips
  • Trouble-shoot current challenges and opportunities to build out your team

Trainer: Patrick Lynch, Project Manager, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center

CECs: This training is approved for 2.0 hours of continuing education credits for Municipal Waterworks and Wastewater by the WI Department of Natural Resources. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Managers, owners, and operators of water systems serving less than 10,000 people, or wastewater systems with an average daily flow of less than 1 million gallons
  • Decision-makers for water and wastewater utilities, including mayors, finance officers, utility managers, public works directors, city councilors, board members, tribal council members, and clerks
  • Consultants and technical assistance providers serving water and wastewater systems


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