What is 5 Cities Plus?

Five Cities Plus is a non-profit organization composed of major metropolitan wastewater agencies, which have come together in a common interest of the improvement of business conditions in the municipal wastewater industry, including promoting higher business operating standards and methods within the industry, along with fostering the education of the industry’s customers to enable them to better utilize the industry’s services.

What is the purpose of 5 Cities Plus?

To provide leadership in promoting the interest, health, safety, and welfare of residents of the Upper Mississippi/Ohio River basins by enhancing communication between, encouraging excellence within, and fostering prudent management and operations of, major metropolitan wastewater agencies in this region.  The ‘5 Cities’ include Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, and St. Louis, but other cities in the region are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

To improve business conditions in the municipal wastewater industry by means of technical and educational undertakings, including organizing and regularizing the 5 Cities Plus Conference among the said major metropolitan wastewater agencies, a conference which began in 1989 as a brief meeting in response to common problems, which has since provided a significant, almost-annual forum to review common issues typical of large municipal wastewater entities in this region, to articulate concerns, and to share lessons learned among the participating wastewater professionals.

What does 5 Cities Plus do?

5 Cities Plus gathers funding from sponsors to host an annual informational conference. The conference is planned by and hosted in a different city each year.

While the conference was originally set up for municipalities only, consultants are welcome to attend, and learn as well. There is a section for vendor booths and ample informational sessions and networking opportunities.

Any funds that remain after the conference has ended, less the start up for the following year’s conference, are donated to charities that serve the interests of promoting clean water and environmental stewardship.

Brian Hoelscher | Executive Director & CEO of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

Brian Hoelscher has 35 years of engineering and management experience. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where he was recognized with an Alumni Achievement Award by the School of Engineering. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where he has been recognized with an Alumni Achievement Award by the School of Engineering.

Prior to joining MSD, Brian was the St. Louis area office manager for CTE, an AECOM Company. Brian began his career with the District in May 1995 as Manager of Construction. He ran MSD’s Capital Program from 2003 thru 2013 and has since held positions as Assistant Director of Construction Management, Assistant Director of Engineering and then Director of Engineering and then being named Executive Director & CEO in March 2013.

As the Executive Director & CEO of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Brian is responsible for overseeing all district operations and managing all financial, leadership and regulatory responsibilities including the multi-billion dollar, multi-decade capital program for the District.

Dr. Sam Page | St. Louis County Executive

Dr. Sam Page was elected as St. Louis County Executive in April. Before that, he served as chairman of the St. Louis County Council, representing citizens of the 2nd Council District since August 2014.

From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Page represented part of St. Louis County in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Dr. Page earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry while working his way through college. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the UMKC School of Medicine where he was selected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. Dr. Page completed a residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University and a fellowship in Pain Management at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Page is a Past President of the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists and the Missouri Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has served as the Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 499, and currently is a Merit Badge Counselor for Citizenship in the Community for the Greater St. Louis Areas Boy Scouts.

James W. Knowles III | Mayor of the City of Ferguson

Mayor Knowles is a 38-year resident of the city of Ferguson. He is a graduate of Truman State University, studying Political Science and Criminal Justice and has his Master’s in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

The Mayor began his career in public service starting as an intern and then Legislative Assistant in the Missouri Senate. In 2005, at 25 years old, he was elected the youngest Councilmember in the history of the city of Ferguson. Six years later, he defeated a former Mayor and a local businessman to become the youngest Mayor in the St. Louis Region. He was re-elected in 2014 and in 2017 to what will be his final term due to term limits set forth in the Ferguson City Charter.

Mayor Knowles also serves as an active Board member of several philanthropic, community, and regional leadership organizations. Most recently Mayor Knowles was elected by his fellow Mayors as President of the Municipal League of Metropolitan St. Louis.

He and his wife Lisa have two young children, James IV (3) and Delaney (2).

Tom NagelTom Nagel | Communications Manager, Gateway Arch National Park

Tom Nagel is the Communications Manager for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. His work includes developing strategy and managing the Foundation’s websites, social media, and more. Nagel holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in photojournalism and minors in fine art and philosophy. He previously worked at Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House and was volunteer project manager for creating the Cotton Belt Freight Depot building’s 750-foot mural, “Migrate”.

DIRECTORS 5 CITIES PANEL REPORT

John Trypus | Director of Underground Engineering and Construction at Citizens Energy Group | Indianapolis

John is the Director of Underground Engineering and Construction at Citizens Energy Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. John has 25 years of experience in planning, design and construction of utility projects. In his role within Citizens, he oversees capital work associated with the water distribution and wastewater collection systems, as well as Citizens’ DigIndy Tunnel Program.

John Newsome | Administrator of the Division of Sewerage & Drainage | Columbus

Tony Parrot | Executive Director of the Metropolitan Louisville Sewer District | Louisville

James A. Parrott serves as the Executive Director of Louisville MSD providing executive leadership, strategic direction, and management ensuring implementation of MSD’s core values and vision of safe, clean waterways for a healthy and vibrant community. Parrott provides oversight and management of operations—wastewater collection and treatment, flood protection and stormwater services to more than 850,000 residents and strategic leadership to more than 630 employees who perform and support day-to-day operations, with an annual operating budget of $145M and a capital budget of $205M. As Executive Director, he reports to the Louisville MSD Board and is appointed by the Louisville Metro Mayor. Parrott also provides leadership for One Water Partnership with Louisville Water Company.

Parrott serves on the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) representing Region 4 and is a member of the Water Agency Leaders Alliance. In 2011, he was named a WEF Fellow by the Water Environment Federation and was recognized by NACWA with a National Environment Achievement Award in February 2014. In 2017, Parrott was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Financial Advisory Board. In January 2018, under his leadership, Louisville MSD won the NACWA Public Information & Education Award for the Louisville Community Conversation Video. He holds a BA in Communications from Georgetown College and has been in the public utility business for 30+ years.

Brian Hoelscher | Executive Director & CEO of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District | Saint Louis

Brian Hoelscher has 35 years of engineering and management experience. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where he was recognized with an Alumni Achievement Award by the School of Engineering. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis where he has been recognized with an Alumni Achievement Award by the School of Engineering.

Prior to joining MSD, Brian was the St. Louis area office manager for CTE, an AECOM Company. Brian began his career with the District in May 1995 as Manager of Construction. He ran MSD’s Capital Program from 2003 thru 2013 and has since held positions as Assistant Director of Construction Management, Assistant Director of Engineering and then Director of Engineering and then being named Executive Director & CEO in March 2013.

As the Executive Director & CEO of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Brian is responsible for overseeing all district operations and managing all financial, leadership and regulatory responsibilities including the multi-billion dollar, multi-decade capital program for the District.

Diana Christy | Interim Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati | Cincinnati

Diana Christy has served as the Interim Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati since June 2018. She was appointed by City Manager Patrick Duhaney and is responsible for overall leadership and management of MSD. MSD collects and treats more than 180 million gallons of sewage daily from 43 municipalities, villages, and townships in Greater Cincinnati through 3,000 miles of sanitary or combined sewers.

Previously, Diana served as the City’s Chief Legal Counsel for MSD. She has been involved in all aspects of the MSD operations and management, including Consent Decree planning and implementation and City-County negotiations regarding MSD governance.

Ms. Christy joined the City of Cincinnati in December 2011 and served as Environmental Compliance Manager with the Office of Environment and Sustainability until 2015. There, she played an integral role in applying for and managing brownfield cleanup grants for City-led projects including economic development initiatives, real estate improvement projects and transportation projects. She also provided guidance and risk management to City departments in the areas of environmental compliance and waste management, and led sustainability initiatives.

Prior to beginning her City service, Ms. Christy practiced environmental law with Frost Brown Todd LLC in Cincinnati for nearly 10 years, with a focus on regulatory counseling to business and industry.

Ms. Christy holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.