About the Author

Comprehensive Consulting Services Balance Sustainability & Affordability

Gregory M Baird, creator of the Wet Infrastructure Resource Solution Center, is an expert in infrastructure asset management
and finance. Greg is an experienced municipal utility finance professional having served in California and Colorado.

Greg is a critical resource for general managers, engineering managers and finance directors seeking consulting services—including confidential reviews and support concerning asset management and related financial issues. His efforts are focused on identifying and educating innovative ways to balance risk with cost and sustainability with affordability.

Greg currently is a member of the American Water Works Asssociation (AWWA) and is a member of the Rates and Charges Committee and Conservation/Affordability Subcommittee.  He is the founding author of the Money Matters column in the AWWA Journal researching and reporting on the financial issues of the water, wastewater, and storm drain industry.

He is also the advisor to the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Economic Development and Capital Planning Committee for the US and Canada. Greg is the founder and lead of the GFOA Utility Finance Forum developed to meet the training and educational sharing needs of finance officers over utility services including training in infrastructure asset management practices. Greg also served as the Chair of Affordability for Win-Colorado, a coalition focused on addressing the infrastructure funding gap for the state.

Beyond research, writing and presentations, Greg works for MWH Global in the Business Solutions Group as a Financial, Commercial and Risk Services principal consultant at gregory.m.baird@us,MWHGlobal.com

CFO/Integrated Finance

  • Finance Department Management
  • RFP/RFQ Support
  • Project Management/System Implementations
  • Confidential Financial Reviews
  • Regionalization and Consolidations
  • Affordability Assessements
  • Public Outreach

Utility Financial Consulting

  • Capital Project Planning
  • Capital Project Finance and Auditing
  • Rate and Fee Studies
  • Rate Design and Implementation
  • Bond Due Diligence
  • Debt Issuance Support
  • Credit Agency Relations/Presentations
  • Financial Modeling/Financial Plans
Asset Management
 
  • Comprehensive Asset Management Programs and Planning
  • CMMS/Business Process Reviews
  • Asset Registry/Hierarchy Development
  • Asset Valuation
  • Capital Asset Accounting: Fixed Asset Database Synchronization
  • Asset Management Plan –Funding Plans
  • Rate and Fee Justification
  • Costs Savings Projections and Tracking
  • Service Level Risks and Costs Tied to Rate Discussions

Industry Research and Business Development

These services are provided either directly or with a service partner.

Gregory M Baird focuses on strategies for constructing a united front out of the now largely disparate facets of the water industry. By bringing together the decision makers like elected officers, city management, engineering and finance, he works to meet the complex needs of water and sewer capacity, current operational requirements and aging water infrastructure repair and replacement.

Greg has researched and published extensively nationally and internationally on the practical application of asset management practices and financial principles. Check out featured articles or contact me for a complete list. 

Once we have a good grasp of the issues and the condition of our citical infrastructure assets, we can start making better decisions on how to address the problem. -Best regards- Greg