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C218 Right of Way Acquisition for Electrical Transmission Projects


February 12-13, 2018 - 2 Day Course
8 AM to 5 PM Daily

Puget Sound Energy East Building-Auditorium
355 110th Ave NE Bellevue, WA 98004
Parking entrance: 320 108th Ave NE. East Building elevators are at the east end of the garage opposite the ramps. Participants are responsible for parking fees. Puget Sound Energy and IRWA will not validate parking.

Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to create awareness of the full-scope process involved in right of way acquisition for electrical utilities projects.

This course also provides effective techniques for successful negotiations in the process and exposes right of way agents to what their role may be throughout the process. Real life situations are provided throughout the course to enable students to focus on practical applications as opposed to theoretical applications. Finally, the course introduces students to field experiences on an electric utility project so that they can recognize a problem when it develops and determine a solution, or know where to go and who task for help in finding that solution! The course culminates in a scenario based live team challenge where students apply their skills and develop critical thinking to solve a real world right of way project crisis. Upon completion of the course, students will pass a 20 question self-assessment to gauge knowledge transfer.

To create an awareness of the full-scope process involved in right of way acquisition for electrical transmission linear infrastructure projects ‡
To provide an in-depth understanding of primary roles and duties that a right of way agent may be required to undertake ‡
To provide effective techniques for project negotiation

Course Instructor:
William Busch, SR/WA, is an independent right of way specialist in Kentucky. His career has spanned four states and multiple agencies. Previously he was Director of Right of Way for the San Diego County Water Authority where he supervised the acquisition, survey, and property management sections that were responsible for approximately $400 million in real estate fee and easements, and nearly 200 miles of pipeline right of way. Bill is active in the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) in Chapter 25 Region 5, and is past President (2005) of Chapter 11, Region 1. He is the 2006 Region 1 Professional of the Year and a 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winner from Chapter 11. In June 2013, he was the 2012 recipient of the Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year Award at IRWA’s 59th Annual International Education Conference in Charleston, WV.  This prestigious award is the Association’s highest honor bestowed upon an IRWA member. Currently Bill serves on the International Local Public Agency Committee and International Outreach committees. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. He has published several articles for Right of Way Magazine and the Journal of Public Works.  Prior to coming to the Water Authority he was employed 16 years by the U.S. Forest Service and 8 years in private education as an instructor and Director of Athletics.

Janice Warren, SR/WA
(425) 218-2059


Three ways to register
Register Online:  HERE - This will take you to the IRWA National Website
Fax: (866) 388-7419 HERE - Registration form found on the IRWA National website
Phone: (310) 538-0233, x138

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