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132013AnnualReportCOMMUNICATIONSSTAKEHOLDERRELATIONSFosteringCommunityPartnershipsInFY13WSSCworkedwithmanycommunitygroupsaswellasthepublicschoolstospreadthewordaboutawidevarietyofissuesrelatingtoourwatersupplysystemandWSSCgreeninitiatives.TheseprojectsincludeeH20SummitWSSCteamedupwithMontgomeryCountyDepartmentofEnvironmentalProtectiontocoordinateaseriesofoutreacheventstoinformthepubliconstormwaterandlegislativemonitoring.Over40vendorsand400peopleparticipated.eSewerScienceWSSCselectedhighschoolsinMontgomeryandPrinceGeorgescountiestoparticipateinanaction-packedinformation-filledprogramaboutwhatittakestobeawastewatertreatmentplantoperator.Studentsgainedhands-onexperienceinasimulatedlaboratoryandlearnedhowtheirmathandsciencestudiescanbeincorporatedinarealworldsetting.eHowIUseWaterWiselyCalendarContestStudentsinsecondthroughfifthgradeswereencouragedtosubmitoriginalartworkthataddressedthethemeHowIUseWaterWisely.Thecontesturgedthestudentstoconsidertheimportanceofwisewateruseandspreadthemessagethatcleanwaterisvitaltothefutureofourregionandournation.Winningentriesfrommorethan500submissionswereusedinWSSCs2013KidsCalendar.eKidsforScienceWSSCsponsoredaspecialawardforenvironmentalentriesatthePrinceGeorgesCountyKidsforScienceSTEMFair.TheeventshowcasedyoungscientistsofPrinceGeorgesCountyPublicSchoolstopromoteaninterestintheenvironmenttechnologyengineeringandmathematics.Wealwaysstrivetobegoodneighborstoourcommunitypartnersmakingaconcertedefforttojoinforceswithotherutilitiesgovernmententitiesandstakeholdersforavarietyofprojectsandprograms.BringingCommissionMeetingstoLifeLiveOntheWebThesixcommissionersplaceagreatdealofimportanceonorganizationaltransparency.ThismeansmakingCommissionmeetinginformationaccessibletoeveryoneinterestedinstayinginformedaboutrecentnewsprojectsandinitiatives.ThispastsummerWSSCinitiatedanimportantchangewebegantolivestreamvideowebcastsofallCommissionmeetings.ThepubliccountypartnerselectedofficialsmembersofthemediaemployeesandotherkeystakeholderswhocantattendthemeetingsinpersoncanwatchthemeetingsviawebcastorbrowsethearchivestoviewtherecordingofthemeetingsandreadstaffreportspresentationsandothermaterialsrelatedtoCommissionmeetings.AdditionallyWSSCnowhastheoptionofstreamingothereventssuchaspublichearingsandinternalpresentationsandtrainingsforthebenefitofouremployees.InFY13WSSCprovidedstaffingto89communityeventsincludingschoolvisitstoclassroomstotalkaboutwatertheenvironmentandcareeropportunities.