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Kennewick, WA
May 3-5, 2017
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January 2017                                                          Issue #80

Registration is now open for the largest conference for water professionals in the Pacific Northwest!  

Join your industry peers in Kennewick, Washington May 3-5 and you will experience:

  • Pre-Conference Photo Contest - upload your favorite picture of water to our conference smartphone app and be entered to win a free conference registration. Winner announced March 31!

  • Scavenger Hunt Open to Everyone - This year's scavenger hunt will take place on the smartphone app and be open to everyone to play! We are calling it PNWS Go! and those attendees with the highest score by Friday at lunch will win one of three fabulous vacations in our Section! This replaces the raffle tickets that you had to purchase in the past to win the trips. 
Vendors - we have 100 booths this year. Premium booths are located in the hallway between the session rooms. There are a limited number of these. Check out the vendor floor plan on the website. Register early on January 3 to get the best location. 

Hospitality Suites are Back! - Kennewick unfortunately does not offer many pubs within walking distance to our hotels. To avoid drinking and driving on Thursday night, we will have 3 hospitality suites at the convention center available. 
  • You can pick your theme for your suite. 
  • You can pick your menu
  • We will offer transportation back to the hotels so your clients are safe. 
  • There are only 3 - REGISTER EARLY!

Scavenger Hunt Advertising Opportunities - This smartphone Scavenger Hunt runs throughout the conference. 

  • Drive attendees to your booth! - Take part in the Scavenger Hunt and attendees will have to stop by your booth to receive a code and be entered in the drawing for three fabulous trips!
  • Get your company logo on the Scavenger Hunt Game!
  • Maximum visibility!

The 2017 Winter Subsection Officer Training and Trustee meeting is scheduled for February 1-3 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, WA. 

Registration is now open and you can reserve your hotel room anytime prior to January 11 and take advantage of the discounted rate of $122 a night before taxes. 

The Subsection Advisory Council is working on a great training agenda which will be available in a few weeks.  Additionally, the Friday Trustee Meeting agenda is now on our website.  All Committee Reports will be due on Friday, January 20.  
2017 OREGON LEGISLATIVE SYMPOSIUM - Registration is Still Open
Oregon Capitol
You just have a few days left to register for the Oregon Water Utility Council's (OWUC)  2017 Legislative Symposium, "Ensuring Reliable Community Water Supplies, scheduled for January 12 at the Salem Convention Center. 

The goal of this conference is to inform water providers throughout Oregon of water related issues that will likely be addressed during the 2017 legislative session.

PNWS LEADERSHIP - What Does It Take?

You may have thought about it.  

Some of your peers are even doing it. 

You might be interested if you knew more about it. 

I'm referring to being a leader in our Section.  Whether it be at the subsection level, the committee level or as a Section Trustee there are many levels of leadership in our Section. 

Maybe you have been asked to volunteer or lead a project. Perhaps you are seeking career advancement, looking to give back or make a difference with an organization, team or specific effort. Maybe you are ready to take it to the next level. The Section can help build and develop the skills needed to become an effective leader and those leadership skills will translate easily between the Section and the work place.  If you are a proven leader at work, you will easily become a leader within the Section.  If you are looking to build your leadership skills, the Section is a great place to build those skills that will assist you in your future career goals. 

Check out the new How To Be A Leader In PNWS page on our website for more information. 
EXCELLENCE IN ENGINEERING AWARDS - Nominations Are Open until February 10

Now is the time to enter your recent project in the PNWS Engineering Awards Competition!

Outstanding drinking water related engineering projects which have led to overall cost savings to the water using community, provided enhanced safety to the public and/or water resources, resulted in extended asset service life, integrated a cutting edge technology in the design, or other criteria that is representative of "Excellence in Engineering". The following criteria are required for all entries:
  • Projects must be submitted within 2 years of final acceptance of construction.
  • Projects shall not have been previously submitted for consideration for this award. (Submitting a project multiple years for consideration is not allowed.)
To enter or find out more visit the Engineering Committee webpage.

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That's it for this month! Please send your news or information for inclusion in the February edition to the Section office.  
Kyle Kihs
Executive Director