Irrigation Leader


8th Annual Irrigation Leader Operations and Management Training Workshop in Phoenix

Price: $450 (Hotel not included) January 29-30

DRAFT 2020 Phoenix Workshop Itinerary

IRRIGATION LEADER magazine is sponsoring the 8th annual Irrigation Leader Operations and Management Training Workshop. This year’s theme “Messaging, Finance, and Training Future Leaders” will have an international perspective with speakers and participants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an opportunity for general managers and directors of irrigation districts and schemes to discuss ideas and exchange information on a variety of district operations- and management-related issues, and to build out-of-state and international working relationships. The issues and topics have been selected by general managers and board directors and pertain directly to the educating the public about irrigation and training future leaders for irrigation.

Wednesday, January 29

8:00 a.m.              Effective Public Communications/Messaging

9:30 a.m.              Connecting Irrigation with Food

10:00 a.m.            Networking break

10:30 a.m.            Bureau of Reclamation Drought Resiliency Project Grant Program

11:00 a.m.             Public Financing Options for Water Infrastructure Projects

11:30 a.m.             Bus departs for Roosevelt Water Conservation District offices

12:00-1:00 p.m.  Sponsored lunch

1:30 p.m.               Roosevelt Water Conservation District Facilities Tour

3:00 p.m.              Networking Break

3:30 p.m.               Women in Water

4:30 p.m.              Bus departs for Copper State Consulting offices

5:00 p.m.              Rooftop Reception: Favorite Compliments and Put-Downs of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States

Sponsored by Copper State Consulting and RWCD     

3033 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Thursday, January 30

8:00 am.             Training Future Irrigation Leaders: Important Skills of a Successful Manager

9:00 a.m.            Working with your Board of Directors

9:30 a.m.            Using HR Analytics

10:00 a.m.           Networking break

10:30 a.m.            Firing an Employee the Right Way

12:00 p.m.            Sponsored lunch

Presentation: The Future of Irrigation in New Zealand

1:30 p.m.               Technology Case Studies:

- Canal Friendly Power

- Irrigation Safety and Asset Management

2:30 p.m.              Chile Irrigation Education and Trade Tour Observations

3:00 p.m.             Ice Cream Sundae Break 

3:30 p.m.              Shark Tank Technology Presentations

- Irrigation Delivery Management

- Governance Management

- Lubratec Doors

- Advantages of Utility Flatbeds

5:00 p.m.              Open Forum

5:30 p.m.              Reception: New Zealand Irrigation Education and Trade Tour, February 22-27, 2020

                              Sponsored by Irrigation Leader magazine


ONLINE REGISTRATION: You can register for the Irrigation Leader Operations and Management Training Workshop at 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 Airport Hotel, located at 4300 East Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034. The rate is $165.00 per night plus tax of 12.57%. Your reservation includes a complimentary full express breakfast, complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service, complimentary wireless Internet service, and complimentary valet parking for registered guests with in-and-out privileges.

To utilize the complimentary airport shuttle, call the hotel at (602) 273-7778 once you have claimed your baggage.

To make or confirm your reservations at the pre-arranged Irrigation Leader workshop rate, please go to or call (855) 729-6011 and identify yourself as being with the Irrigation Leader 2020 Workshop (Block ID: R8S) no later than Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

For personalized hotel registration assistance, please phone Kristen Thomas at (202) 656-1684.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Kris Polly at (703) 517-3962 or

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