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Gregory M. Baird is a financial and risk consultant with MWH Global -Leaders in Wet Infrastructure Asset Management and Financial Services and has experience with increased water and sewer rates as a financial officer and CFO in California and Colorado. Mr. Baird serves as an advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Economic Development and Capital Planning Committee for the US and Canada. He is the founder and lead in creating a national GFOA Utility Finance Forum for utility finance officers to share experiences and knowledge. He continues to help train finance professionals on the benefits of infrastructure asset management planning and investment and the issues of long-term funding and rate affordability. Mr. Baird is also member the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) national Rates and Charges Committee and affordability sub-committee and contributed to the recent M1 Principles of Water Rates, Fees and Charges manual update. Mr. Baird has been working with condition assessment and monitoring, finance and risk, asset management, optimization, trenchless technology, GIS/CMMS and design-build firms to bring value and cost efficiencies back to utilities. As a result, he has leveraged his understanding of multi-functional disciplines required to address the water challenges of the 21st century partnering with the US Mayors Water Council, The Water Finance Research Foundation and The National Tax Payers Union. Mr. Baird is widely published nationally and internationally explaining the financial side of utility management issues. He is the co-founder and co-author of the monthly Money Matters column in the prestigious AWWA Journal. He is recognized as a top contributor to the national discussions on the aging water and wastewater infrastructure funding dilemma and is dedicated to researching, developing and applying solutions as best practices.