By Stephanie Johnston

Editor's note: In March, three division leaders from global engineering firm Black & Veatch shared “Building Smart Communities: Understanding the Nexus of Water, Energy, & Telecommunications” with attendees of the American Society of Public Administrators' annual conference:

President/CEO, Energy: Dean Oskvig

  • President/Telecommunications: Martin Travers
  • President/Water: Cindy Wallis-Lage

Their presentation was so full of astonishing facts that we decided to (try to) combine those and other statistics to mimic one of our favorite magazine sections: Harper's Index (“ironic statistics arranged for thoughtful effect”).

I'm not sure if we succeeded; but we gave it the old college try!