Water Investment Addressed at Conference of Government Finance Officers

twleve(May 15, 2018) – The Association participated last week, in the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) 112th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, to discuss the importance of federal investment in our nation’s water and clean water infrastructure.  The annual conference brought together several thousand public finance professionals from around the country.

Speaking during the Utility Finance Forum, along with staff from the American Public Works Association (APWA), NACWA discussed the current “state of play” in Washington, DC; the importance of the municipal bond market and increased federal investment for water and clean water infrastructure and maintenance; and the need for continued advocacy with Congress to ensure further investment occurs and the needs of the clean water utility and public finance sectors are heard.

The crucial role of NACWA’s and GFOA’s advocacy was highlighted during the conference, specifically joint work to maintain the existing tax-exemption for municipal bonds in last year’s tax reform law and current effortsto reinstate advance refunding of municipal bonds.

NACWA appreciates the opportunity provided by GFOA to speak to the members of their Utility Finance Forum and looks forward to continued policy collaboration.  Please contact Jason Isakovic, NACWA’s Legislative Director, to discuss further.