10TH Annual Irrigation Leaders Workshop

January 10-12, 2023 - Phoenix/Chandler, AZ

IRRIGATION LEADER magazine, is sponsoring our 10th annual “Operations and Management Training Workshop” that has been newly renamed “Irrigation Leaders Workshop” in the spirit of simplicity and efficiency. This year’s theme “Doing More With Less” will focus on employee retention and hiring practices, obtaining new funding and revenue sources, and improved technology to save labor and water. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for general managers and directors of irrigation districts to discuss ideas and exchange information on a variety of district operations and management-related issues, and to build out-of-state working relationships.

(NOTE: The below DRAFT agenda is subject to change prior to the workshop as issues and topics are suggested by general managers and board directors.)

Online Registration

You can register for the Irrigation Leader Operations and Management Training Workshop by selecting the button below.

Please complete and submit the online form as soon as possible, as space will be limited. Should you have a particular topic you would like discussed during the Open Forum at the meeting, or have any other ideas for the workshop, please add that information to the registration form in the space provided.

Updates to the agenda will be provided as registrations are received.

Hotel Reservations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Phoenix-Chandler Golf Resort, located at 1. N. San Marcos Place, Chandler, Arizona 85225. The rate is $179.00 per night plus tax of 12.57%. Your reservation includes a welcome drink (tap beer, wine, or soda) at 1912 Lounge, 24-hour access to fitness center, phone calls, self-parking, 2 bottled waters (replenished daily), 15% off published rates at San Marcos Golf Course, booked up to 30 days in advance through golf course directly, 10% discount on Vaya Salon Services and Massage, (Located on site).

To make or confirm your reservations at the pre-arranged Irrigation Leader workshop rate, please go to www.CrownePlaza.com/ChandlerAZ or call (877) 685-5594 and identify yourself as being with the Irrigation Leaders Workshop no later than Tuesday, December 16, 2022.

For personalized hotel registration assistance, please phone Paula Currie at (916) 616-0286 or Paula@pcevents.net .


Please contact Kris Polly at (703) 517-3962 or Kris.Polly@waterstrategies.com.

Thank you for your time. We hope to see you in Phoenix/Chandler.


5:00-6:00 pm           Welcome Reception

7:30 AMNetworking Continental Breakfast and Coffee
8 AMThe Organized Manager
9 AMThe Effective Board Member
10 AMNetworking Break
10:30 AMVendors with Successful Grant Writing Programs
11 AMFunding Sources for Irrigation Districts
12-1 PMSponsored Lunch
1:30 PMAutomation: Scada, Asset Tracking, and Water Orders
3 PMIce Cream Sundae Break
4 PMShark Tank Technology Presentations
5 PMReception: Australia Irrigation Education and Trade Tour, February 27 – March 3, 2023
Sponsored by Irrigation Leader Magazine
7:30 AMNetworking Continental Breakfast and Coffee
8 AMHiring Forum: Each attendee will be asked to identify their district’s most unique incentive for attracting and hiring employees.
8:30 AMImprovement Forum: Each attendee will be asked to identify the most significant improvement their district has made in the previous year.
9 AMTrending: Stay Interviews/Stay Bonuses
10 AMNetworking Break
10:30 AMShared Professional Employees
12 PMSponsored Lunch
1 PMBus departs for Central Arizona Project Headquarters and Operations Room
3 PMBus departs for Arizona State Capitol
5:30 PMBus departs for Copper State Consulting offices
6 PMArizona Wine Tasting Reception