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TROY Magazine
Troy University has tapped the former President
of the Columbus Water Works, Billy Turner,
to head the new Center for Water Resource
Economics which will be housed at the University’s
new Phenix City riverfront campus.
Turner, who has more than 50 years of water
resource management experience in both the
public and private sectors, will guide the new
center’s research into the economic impact of
water in the region as well as the issue of shared-
water and the policies surrounding it.
“Our vision is that the Center for Water Resource
Economics will become the predominant
institution in the region dedicated to the use of
economic tools in addressing water resource
issues and in archiving important water resource
information,” Turner said.
Turner was announced as the center’s founding
director during an event on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at
the Chattahoochee River Club in Columbus.
The center will be part of the University’s Sorrell
College of Business. Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean
of the College of Business, said Turner’s expertise
will help the center become a leading voice in water
resource issues throughout the region.
“This new center has a great opportunity to make
a difference not only with what’s happening locally
in the [Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint] system,
but across the Southeast,” Edwards said.
Turner began his career with the Tennessee Valley
Authority and later worked in the pulp and paper
industry, and then as a CEO of Water Utilities in
Spartanburg, S.C. Turner served for 20 years as
President of the Columbus Water Works. Upon
retirement in 2009, Turner turned his attention
to consulting and volunteer work, including
the Chattahoochee River Restoration Project
and the ACF Stakeholders Inc., an organization
dedicated to the development of a sustainable
water management plan for the Apalachicola,
Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers.
The Center for Water Resource Economics will
be a repository for documents related to water
resource issues across the region and will study the
impact of water policy, economic analysis of water
system operations, water transportation, water-
based recreation development and environmental
economics. It joins other “Centers for Excellence”
hosted by TROY through the College of Business,
including the Johnson Center for Political
Economy and the Center for International
Business and Economic Development.
The Center for Water Resource Economics will
be located inside TROY’s new four-story academic
building currently under construction on the banks
of the Chattahoochee River in Phenix City. The
project is expected to be completed by February
TROY Names Director
of the Center for Water
Resource Economics