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Promote. Encourage. Educate. Market.

We Work the Waterways is IRPT's new workforce development initiative. Our program stands on four main goals: to promote our industry's opportunities, encourage our nation's workforce, educate youth of the types of careers, and lastly, to market our industry's current openings.

The Problem

Workforce participation remains below pre-pandemic levels. We are missing 1.7 million Americans from the workforce compared to February of 2020.

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A Look Forward

We couldn’t be more excited that this new adventure presented itself during our 50th anniversary year!

Our Solution

The We Work the Waterways Program will travel across the U.S. to introduce career/job seekers to our industry.


Meet our Team

Errin Howard

Errin Howard

Errin Howard began her career in the river industry as an educator in a booth at Tall Stacks for the first public presentation of RiverWorks Discovery in 2006 and served as RWD’s Executive Director until December of 2023. This adventure began with one single sponsor and the vision of Mark Knoy who at the time was president of American Electric Power’s River Operations. During her tenure, Errin promoted, marketed, and oversaw all aspects of RiverWorks Discovery.
Errin has served on the board of directors for the Central Ohio River Business Association since 2018 and was elected chair in November of 2023. She has a passion for the river industry and the people who make it what it is.
Errin lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and has 3 adult children: Taylor (22), Hannah (20), and Zach (18).