Smart Growth & Water Resources Collaborative: Resilience During COVID
The December meeting of the Smart Growth and Water Resources Collaboratives is free to attend and open to anyone in the region who is interested. Presentations will focus on economic recovery from COVID-19 and water utility revenues and customer assistance including:
Michael Wallace, Legislative Director for the National League of Cities, will provide an overview of COVID-19 recovery funding for residents and small businesses, as well as strategies for those unable to access federal aid directly. Michael will also provide a preview of relevant priorities for the next Administration and Session of Congress.
Mary Tiger, leader of OWASA's Affordability Outreach Program, will provide an update on the challenges that COVID has created for utility revenue and customer assistance. She will discuss OWASA's suspension of service disconnections during the pandemic (which is still underway) and the strategies the utility is employing to help develop and connect customers to bill payment assistance.
Come prepared to discuss your experience and ideas regarding economic recovery and water utility sustainability!