About Us

Dedicated to Public Power

Hometown Connections is the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA).

Hometown Connections offers public power utilities guidance and access to quality products/services from a trusted entity with public power’s best interests in mind. Hometown Connections personnel provide consulting support in the areas of organization assessment, strategic planning, governance development, and staffing. In addition, Hometown Connections is a resource to APPA members large and small, providing discounted pricing on technology, services, and other solutions from industry-leading companies.

The products and services offered through Hometown Connections include the full range of advanced grid solutions, as well as financial and organizational management tools and consulting.  See our complete list of products and services.

Meet the Hometown Connections Team

Hometown Connections relies on dedicated staff as well as affiliated joint action agencies, state associations, and other industry professionals to connect a public power utility with the information and solutions it needs to succeed.


Tim Blodgett is the President and CEO of Hometown Connections and works extensively with APPA members on strategic planning and organization development. He brings experience from the investor-owned and public power sectors.
Bill Smart, Senior VP of Business Development, has been part of the Hometown Connections executive team since its inception. Previously, he managed a variety of energy services programs for Public Service Co. of Colorado.
Senior VP of Planning & Marketing, Steve VanderMeer has been providing marketing and consulting services to public power utilities since 1998. Previously, he was Director of Marketing and Energy Services at Fort Collins Utilities in Colorado.
Walter McGrath is the Northeast Sales Representative for Hometown Connections. He served as the general manager of the Braintree, Mass., Electric Light Department, is a past Chair of the APPA Board, and has been a public power leader for nearly 40 years.
Phyllis Currie for Website Phyllis E. Currie is an Executive Consultant for Hometown Connections, concentrating on utilities in California.  She served for 14 years as the general manager of Pasadena Water and Power in California, preceded by a 30-year career with the City of Los Angeles. She has been board chair of the American Public Power Association and president of the California Municipal Utilities Association.
Stauffer, Gary for Website J. Gary Stauffer (Gary) is an Executive Consultant for Hometown Connections, concentrating on utilities in Idaho and Washington State. With more than 40 years of management experience in the energy and primary metals industries, he most recently served as the executive director/chief executive officer of NMPP Energy and has been board chair of the American Public Power Association.
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Thomas Nanney is the Regional Representative for Hometown Connections in Tennessee. Retired from his position as COO/Senior Vice President for the Jackson Energy Authority, he has long served on committees and in leadership positions with APPA, the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association, and the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.
Paul H. Allen, P.E., is the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Coach for Hometown Connections. Retired from the Nashville Electric Service as Vice President, Operations (Engineering), he was a member of APPA’s RP3 Panel from 2005 through 2012 and served as chairman from 2009 to 2012.
Susan Ryba serves as a marketing consultant to Hometown Connections. A former Director of Membership and Marketing on the APPA staff, she is a communications professional with more than 26 years of experience supporting the marketing and media relations activities of national trade associations.

The staff of Hometown Connections works closely with 22 affiliated organizations, committed to ensuring the success of public power utilities. See the link to Our Affiliates to find the Hometown Connections representatives in your region.