Water for Texas 2017Innovation at Work January 23-25, 2017
Austin, Texas, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

The conference will showcase innovative scientific, planning, and financial solutions to water challenges; interactive data and technology; and compelling conversations on water issues that affect all Texans. Panel discussions, workshops, and exhibits will offer the exclusive opportunity to network and engage with industry leaders, elected officials, and TWDB Board members and staff. Join us for this important event and help shape the future of Texas.

Conference topics will include:

  • Conservation and innovative water technologies
  • Groundwater science
  • 2017 State Water Plan
  • Geographic data services
  • Water Data Interactive
  • Flood funding initiatives
  • TWDB's financial assistance programs
  • Alternative project delivery
  • Texas water policy

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in Texas water is invited and encouraged to attend, including engineers, river authorities, bond counsels, legislature and staff, financial advisors, city and district representatives, and the general public alike.

Keynote Speakers

Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Elected in November 2014, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar serves as Texas' treasurer, check writer, tax collector, procurement officer, and revenue estimator. Hegar is a sixth-generation Texan, who grew up farming land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. Before becoming Comptroller, he served in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate and also served as chair of the Sunset Advisory Commission, which works to eliminate inefficiency in government agencies. Hegar attended Texas A&M as an undergraduate, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. He then attended St. Mary's University, earning a Master of Arts and his law degree. At the University of Arkansas, he earned a Master of Laws degree. Glenn and his wife Dara have three young children - Julia, Jonah, and Claire.

Dr. Leroy Chiao, International Space Station Commander, Accomplished Tech Entrepreneur & Authority on Leadership and Innovation Trends

Former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao has been called "a pioneer in the frontier of commercial space flight." The wide-eyed child of Chinese immigrants, Chiao was inspired by the Apollo 11 Moon landing to launch his own journey to the stars and never looked back. His accomplishments include four missions into space, including three Space Shuttle flights, walking in space six times, and commanding the International Space Station for a 6.5-month mission. On stage, Chiao shares his experiences as they relate to water use and reuse in space, international business, operational leadership, teamwork, and the future of innovative technology.

Conference Location

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center (1900 University Ave., Austin, TX 78705)