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Willows Event Center

1830 Midland Beaver Road

Industry, PA 15052

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Welcome to our “Rivers of Opportunity”

Now in its fifth year, this conference is presented by the Beaver County Regional Council of Governments and attracts participation from government at all levels and from leaders in education, business, the social sector and across the community. All are invited to listen, learn and share in creating a fresh vision for Beaver County.

We are excited to present our "River of Opportunity" theme at a moment when sustainable development in our region demands our attention and we seek clear perspective on our critical resources. This conference features expert presenters on topics of water and waterways development and management. Join us - one day or both - for this invigorating conversation about the future of Beaver County!


Water Wise: Workshops for Municipal Leaders

12:00 – 4:30 PM Registration Open, Exhibitor setup

Conference Special lunch choices available in Willows Restaurant!

Learning Sessions

Select your sessions when you check out.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Montgomery Dam Walking Tour Led by Port of Pittsburgh (meet & park on River Road)

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Soaking It In: Raingardens & Pervious Surfaces for Stormwater Panel w Jim Price/Sustainable Pittsburgh, Ben Estell/Dormont Boro & Mary Ellen Ramage/Etna Boro

The Economics of Trails: River Towns & Trail Towns in Beaver County Cathy McCollum / McCollum Development Strategies

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Taking the First STEP : An Introduction to Combined Septic/Sewer Discharge Systems Michael B. Jones, Esq./McMillen, Urich, Tocci & Jones

Easing the Way : Conservation Easements That Achieve Land Use Objectives Roy Kraynyk/Allegheny Land Trust & Victoria Michaels/Independence Conservancy

Legislative Cruise : Presented by Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Local Government Conference

Please note that this event is separate from the conference and located off-site.

5:00 – 5:30 PM Board Gateway Clipper at Rochester or Bridgewater Crossing

5:30 – 8:30 PM Dinner Cruise thru Montgomery L/D and return

5:30 PM Networking/Cash Bar

6:30 PM Dinner Buffet w Speaker

7:30 PM Legislative Panel discussion followed by networking

8:30 PM Ashore

Not cruising? Enjoy Conference Special dinner choices in Willows Restaurant!


Facing the River : Envisioning Rivers of Opportunity

7:00 AM Doors open for exhibitor setup

7:30 – 9:00 AM Registration & breakfast

8:00 - 8:45 AM Municipal Meetings: PSATS/PSAB in Executive Conference rooms

9:00 – 9:10 AM Opening: Flag Salute & Invocation

9:10 – 10:00 AM Six Lessons for Successful Riverfronts: Alan Mountjoy, NBBJ

10:00 – 10:30 AM BREAK

10:30 – 11:30 AM Speaker: Beth Dutton & Mark Wolinsky, 3 Rivers Wet Weather

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM BREAK

12:00 - 12:30 PM Lunch served

12:30 – 1:15 PM Lunch Speaker: August Carlino, Rivers of Steel

1:15 -- 2:00 PM Roundtable Conclusion Speakers Panel including Willows developer Chuck Betters; moderated by Daniel Rossi-Keen, RiverWise

Learning Sessions

8:30 – 10:30 AM Continuing Education Workshop for Municipal Authorities Register now

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Continuing Education Workshop for Tax Collectors Register now

(Agenda is subject to change -- check back regularly for updates!)

Seating will be limited -- register early!

Are you a sponsor or exhibitor? Want to advertise your organization, event or project?

Please register here. Advertising must be emailed in digital format to bcrcog@gmail.com. We will print in black & white; the color covers are available as a benefit at the highest sponsorship levels. Thank you for supporting this educational conference; a portion of your donation is directed to the continuous training and development of your local government leaders!

Don't forget the first-ever Legislative Cruise on Wednesday, July 31st boarding at Rochester Dock at 5:00 PM! Register with the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce by July 19th.

We thank our 2019 Site Sponsor Chuck Betters & Willows for their generosity!

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  • August Carlino

    August Carlino

    Rivers of Steel Executive Director
  • Victoria Michaels, Executive Director

    Victoria Michaels, Executive Director

    Independence Conservancy
  • Beth Dutton

    Beth Dutton

    3 Rivers Wet Weather Deputy Director
  • Michael B. Jones, Esq.

    Michael B. Jones, Esq.

    McMillen, Urick, Tocci & Jones Esq.
  • Ben Estell

    Ben Estell

    Dormont Borough Mgr
  • Jim Price

    Jim Price

    Sustainable Pittsburgh Sustainable Communities Mgr
  • Cathy McCollum, Principal

    Cathy McCollum, Principal

    McCollum Development Strategies Principal
  • Alan Mountjoy, Principal

    Alan Mountjoy, Principal

    NBBJ Principal
  • Paul Handke & Mary Rowland, Capability Enhancement Program

    Paul Handke & Mary Rowland, Capability Enhancement Program

    DEP Southwest Office
  • Roy Kraynyk, VP Land Protection/Capital Projects

    Roy Kraynyk, VP Land Protection/Capital Projects

    Allegheny Land Trust VP of Land Protection/Capital Projects
  • Mary Ellen Ramage

    Mary Ellen Ramage

    Etna Borough Mgr
  • Mark Wolinsky

    Mark Wolinsky

    3 Rivers Wet Weather Executive Director

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