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Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

 Ft. Lauderdale, FL

@WEF Green Infrastructure Symposium  

Developing a National Workforce Development Model for Public Infrastructure & the Environmental Sector

As part of our ongoing Environmental Infrastructure Workforce Development Project, national leaders at the forefront of public infrastructure-related workforce development strategies gathered once again.  This time we coordinated a workshop during the Water Environment Federation's Stormwater (WEF) and Green Infrastructure Symposium on May 8, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We discussed learnings and insights from their hands-on work with diverse job and career training and placement programs which target members of underrepresented communities.

The workshop consisted of two back-to-back, 90-minute interactive sessions. This facilitated workshop builds on the first Infrastructure Workforce Convening held during the October 2018 WEFTEC New Orleans convention. Through this series, we are working towards a national model to address the nationwide shortfall of water, utility and infrastructure workers.  

At our October 2018 meeting at the Tulane River and Coastal Center, workforce development colleagues and water industry experts nationwide discussed how best to collaborate and systematically address the well-documented workforce development challenges facing this water and utilities sector. Contact us to learn how you can host, sponsor, or participate in a future workforce convening session.

Thank you to our Participating Leaders




Patrick Barnes, P.G., Founder/Board Chair, Limitless Vistas, Inc., 

Orlando, Florida

Steven Currie, BAYWORK, Chair, Candidate Development & Outreach

Colleen Murphy-DunningDirector, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, 

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, CT 

Diana Francois, P.E., PMP – Group Leader/Project Manager for the Building Infrastructure and Advanced Facilities (BIAF) Line of Business at Jacobs Engineering group for IYAI+​, Miami, FL

Kimberly Grove, Chief of the Environmental Compliance and Laboratory Services Division on YH2O Mentoring Program| Baltimore City Department of Public Works, Baltimore, MD

Joseph Kane, Senior Research Associate/Assoc. Fellow, Brookings Institute. Coauthor,"Renewing the water workforce: Improving water infrastructure and creating a pipeline to opportunity," Washington, DC

Trinh Nguyen, Director, Boston Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development on the Boston City Academy, Boston, MA

Ifetayo Venner, P.E., WEF Board of Trustees/Arcadis on WEF’s workforce development initiatives program - WEF InFlow, Tampa, FL

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