Feature Presentations - Indiana WEA

Feature Presentations

Hoosier Jobs and Community Growth: Preparing for the Future

Chris McBarnes – Mayor, City of Frankfort

Tuesday, August 22  |  8:00 a.m.

IWEA is excited to present Frankfort, IN Mayor Chris McBarnes as the 2017 IWEA Annual Conference’s Keynote speaker. In 2011, McBarnes was the youngest mayor elected in Indiana history and then re-elected in 2015 with 90% of the vote. He and his team have achieved a number of great community successes built around a series of 100 and 200- Day Plans involving four cornerstones: neighborhood revitalization, economic development, communications, and Citizen Voice. In addition, Mayor McBarnes has worked to provide additional, quality educational opportunities within the community. He established his own foundation, The True North, Inc., which provides scholarships to area youth interested in attending Ivy Tech Community College. Mayor McBarnes will be kicking off this year’s Annual Conference with his presentation “Hoosier Jobs and Community Growth: Preparing for the Future.” Join us to hear how strategic economic development in 2017 is vastly different than it was in decades past, and how the key to growing and attracting private investment in the State of Indiana and all across the Midwest revolves around the education of our available workforce. Mayor McBarnes will also speak on the importance of proper utilities management and infrastructure investment as they pertain to job creation and private sector growth.


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Jenny Hartfelder – MWH; WEF President-Elect

Wednesday, August 23  |  Lunch, 12:00-1:00

Jenny Hartfelder is the 2016-2017 President-Elect for the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Jenny is currently a vice president with MWH, now part of Stantec, and serves as a national campaign manager out of Denver, CO. In this role, she provides strategic planning and leadership for the business development activities for the water sector across the United States. She also serves as a project manager and design engineer on numerous water and wastewater projects including utility privatization, master plans, preliminary and detailed designs, and engineering services during construction. A WEF member since 1997, Jenny has held multiple leadership and committee roles within the Federation. She has served on the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) Committee and the Public Communications and Outreach Committee for many years, chairing the SJWP Committee. Jenny also has served in the House of Delegates as the Speaker of the House and as a member of several HOD workgroups and committees.

She is a member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers and a recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award. Also an active member of the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, Jenny chaired several committees including Public Education, Nominations, Awards, and the Joint Annual Conference committees, and has moved through the MA offcer chairs serving as the president from 2006 to 2007. Jenny is a registered professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Washington and is certifed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP). She received a BS in civil engineering in 1990 from Michigan Technological University, and an MS in civil engineering in 2002 from the University of Colorado – Denver.