5 Cities Plus members & attendees:
We’ll see you in Cincinnati in 2022

While our shared mission as public wastewater utilities is protecting public health and the environment, our mutual need to protect our workforces and those who join us at 5 Cities Plus conferences takes precedence during these unprecedented times.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, the 5 Cities Plus conference has therefore been cancelled for 2021. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person in 2022. The date and time will be determined at a later date.

In the meantime, MSD Greater Cincinnati reminds all of our partners in both the public and private utility sector to continue to stay safe and remain well. We will get through these times together. And, we are planning to see YOU in 2022.

If you have questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us at MSDcommunications@cincinnati-oh.gov.

“Gateway To Success”


Noon – 8:00 PM

Check and Register at the top of the Escalator – Hallway in front of the main Ballroom.  Pick up Registration Bags, Itinerary and Sign in to Conference.

4:30 – 6:30 PM

Anheuser Busch – InBev Brewery Tour
Arrive Early and attend an Anheuser Busch Tour. Visit the Stables, preview the Aging Production Factory, visit the Brew Houses and receive a free Pint (Bud, Bud Light Kraft or Cider) with your visit along with 2 additional samples.

6:30  – 8:30 PM

Cardinals vs San Francisco Giant’s Baseball Game
Arrive Early and attend a Baseball Game STARTS at 6:45pm Cardinals Vs San Francisco Giants. Receive complimentary Cards Cash for Food and Drinks purchase.

6:30  – 10:00 PM

Roof Top Reception
After checking in and getting settled into St. Louis, Please Join us on the Roof for a nice evening of networking, entertainment and Refreshments.

Wednesday, September 4th





7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. BREAKFAST BUFFET

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Governance Consolidation – General Session Room
County Executive Dr. Sam Page & Municipal League President Mayor James Knowles

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Smart CSS – Using Data Analytics and Innovative Concepts to Minimize CSOs

Presenter: Miller, Wolffie | Louisville

Online Plan Review, Permitting, and Inspection System at St. Louis MSD

Presenter: Grimm, John | Saint Louis

Tree Infrastructure for Reducing Stormwater Peaks and CSO Volumes

Presenter: Trypus, John | Indiana

10:10 – 10:40 AM

Slip Sliding Away

Presenter: Kadyk, Steve | Louisville

Sustainable CSO Flow Monitoring: Begin with the End in Mind

Presenter: Laughlin, Stephanie | Louisville

Partnering for a Greener City: Strategically Deploying GI with P3

Presenter: Basham, Jordan | Louisville

10:50 – 11:20 AM

Waze for Sewers – Columbus’ Smart Sewers Providing Operators with an Optimized Wet Weather Operations Guidance System

Presenter: Boyer, Holly | Columbus

No IG, No Success: How IG Adds Value to your Organization

Presenter: Daly, John | Saint Louis

Rainscaping the City of St. Louis

Presenter: Garcia, Dan | Saint Louis

11:20 – 1:00 PM

Gateway Arch National Park: A Global Icon Reconnects to St. Louis

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure the Gateway Arch, it’s grounds, neighboring public spaces and attractions are a vital, active, welcoming and well-supported resource to the community and nation for generations to come. To help realize this mission, the Foundation works closely with an alliance that includes the National Park Service, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association, and the City of St. Louis. Following the grand opening of the renovated Gateway Arch National Park and Museum at the Gateway Arch in July 2018, learn more about the largest public-private partnership in National Park Service history that made the CityArchRiver vision into a reality.

Presenter: Tom Nagel | Communications Manager, Gateway Arch National Park

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Odor Reduction Improvements at Southwesterly Compost Facility

Presenter: Eiden, Patrick | Columbus

Breaking Ground with Design-Build: Developing MSD’s Design-Build Strategy

Presenter: Barr, Jared | Saint Louis

Indiana’s Gateway to Success for Future Engineers through CEG’s PERL Program

Presenter: Trypus, John | Indiana

1:40 – 2:10PM

Integrating Biological Nutrient Removal into Hite Creek Plant Expansion

Presenter: Trypus, John | Louisville

Award Winning, First SRF Financed, DB Project in MO

Presenter: Hess, Brian | Liberty

Planning for Sustainability: Transitioning to Online Training for SORP Compliance

Presenter: French, Dan | Louisville

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Challenges of Recommissioning the Acid Phase Digesters at the Columbus Southerly WWTP

Presenter: Schweinfurth, G. Tyler | Columbus

Getting it Done: Unique Bidding Alternatives in a Traditional Bidding Environment

Presenter: Adams, Steve | Saint Louis

Blueprint 2025: Integrating Strategy and Innovation to Drive Organization Transformation

Presenter: Akridge, Angela | Louisville

2:45 – 3:15 PM

Network Break

3:20 – 3:50 PM

Ohio River Interceptor Rehabilitation

Presenter: Dodds, Heather | Louisville

Operating MHI’s Under 40 CFR Subpart LLLL

Presenter: Kennedy, Chris | Indiana

Rainscaping Small Grants – An Education and Outreach Success

Presenter: McCrary, Sue | Saint Louis

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Right Sizing Your Capital Improvement Program:  Utilizing Flow Monitoring Data to Determine the Need for Contingency Projects

Presenter: James Kauffman | Saint Louis

Success Achieved in Optimizing the Dual Phase Anaerobic Digestion Process at the City of Columbus Southerly WWTP

Presenter: Wise, Darin | Columbus

Communicating from the Trenches – Social & Digital Tools Drive Customer Engagement

Presenter: Hadley, Sean | Saint Louis

7:00 – 11:00 PM

Gateway To Success – St. Louis Arch Reception

*Business Casual or Cocktail






7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. BREAKFAST BUFFET

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Smart Utility Panel

Tim Blgsvedt (Citizens Engergy Group)
Brian Bingham (Louisville)
Bret Berthold (St Louis)
John Newsome (Columbus)
Reese Johnson (Cincinnati)

STEP’n Forward to Cost-Effectively Eliminate Septic Tanks

Presenter: Trypus, John | Indiana

Nutrient Reduction Moneyball

Presenter: Hoskins, Jay | Saint Louis

9:00  – 9:30 AM

Smart Utility Panel

Tim Blgsvedt (Citizens Engergy Group)
Brian Bingham (Louisville)
Bret Berthold (St Louis)
John Newsome (Columbus)
Reese Johnson (Cincinnati)

Construction of the Maline Creek Storage Facility

Presenter: Pride, Patricia | Saint Louis

What’s Next

Presenter: Howlett, Donna | Saint Louis

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Smart Utility Panel

Tim Blgsvedt (Citizens Engergy Group)
Brian Bingham (Louisville)
Bret Berthold (St Louis)
John Newsome (Columbus)
Reese Johnson (Cincinnati)

Makes Cents to Us – How MSD Prioritizes its Future Capital Investments

Presenter: Martin, Angela | Saint Louis

Generational Harmony & Continuity

Presenter: Fleming, Lynne | Louisville

10:15 – 11:30 AM

Directors 5 Cities Panel Report – GENERAL SESSION

Noon – 1:00 pm

Directors Meeting – Sterling Room 1

Noon – 2:00 pm

NACWA & AMCA Advocacy & Round Table Discussions –
                                      BY INVITATION ONLY