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WAPA Governing Board Sets Seminar For Community

Oct. 14, 2004 – "Advanced Energy and Economic Development: What's the Connection?" and "Ethics and Fraud; How it Affects Your Organization" are part of the V.I. Water and Power Authority retreat on Friday, Oct. 22, at St. Croix's Carambola Beach Resort. In a press release, the WAPA Governing Board said all members of boards and commissions and the general public are welcome. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. The seminars are from 8:45 to 3:45 p.m.
The presenters are Carl Wilkins, director of client services at Advanced Energy Inc., Raleigh, N. C., and Leslie Smith, director of Internal Audit at the V. I. Water and Power Authority. Wilkins is a professional electrical engineer who has worked in the field of advanced and renewable energy for over 20 years. He was directly involved in the development of North Carolina's Green Power Program and has worked closely with stakeholders at electric utilities, environmentalists, and regulators. According to the release, Wilkins is considered one of the most knowledgeable leaders in the field of advanced and alternative energy generation.
Smith is certified as a public accountant, fraud examiner, internal auditor, and government financial manager. He has worked for the Department of Interior, the V.I. Inspector General's Office, and the U.S. Army's Audit Agency. Smith's presentation will include new information about occupational fraud.
Lt Gov. Vargrave Richards will speak on V. I. economic development and the government's ongoing efforts towards the revitalization of St. Croix.
In order to explore the seminar topics, the attendees will break out into focus-group sessions facilitated by Frank Schulterbrandt, executive director of the Economic Development Commission, Steven Van Beverhoudt, inspector general of the Virgin Islands, and Bevan Smith, director of the V.L Energy Office.
Daryl Lynch, WAPA board chairman, said, "WAPA remains committed to the further development of the Virgin Islands. That is why we strongly urge our residents to take advantage of this unique opportunity for information as WAPA closely examines renewable energy sources. Equally important is the true need for transparency in the way our businesses and organizations conduct business. The presentation on ethics and fraud will definitely be an eye-opener."
Pre-registration for the seminar by Oct. 20 is preferred. For information contact Renee Somme at 778-6201 or Rachel Casimir at 774-3552 ext. 2004 or e-mail govboardretreat@viwapa.vi
The event was originally scheduled in September, but cancelled because of the weather.
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