Hometown Connections Annual Meeting 2018

August 6-8, 2018
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa
Denver, CO

The Hometown Connections Annual Meeting is where Hometown staff, representatives from affiliated state & regional associations, and vendor partners gather each year to discuss public power industry developments and Hometown products/services.

As important, this meeting provides time for networking—for our vendors to share strategies for selling to public power and for our vendors to hear directly from our sales/marketing affiliates what their members need and how best to interact with them. Attendance is by invitation only.

Arrival: Sunday, Aug. 5
Full Meeting: Monday Aug 6 all day and Tuesday Aug 7 morning. FULL MEETING AGENDA–DRAFT
Affiliates/Staff Only Meeting: Tuesday Aug 7 afternoon and Wednesday Aug 8 morning.

See this LINK to register for the meeting.

Reserve your room at The Brown Palace HERE. Room block rate expires July 16, 2018.

Hometown Connections will assign each vendor partner five minutes for their presentation.  To ensure you create a powerful and insightful presentation that makes the most out of this unique opportunity, please consider answering the questions below as you develop your 5-minute presentation.  No need to send your responses to us.

Your five-minute presentation should include:

  1. Name/Title/Company
  2. What is the main problem/challenge your company solves for an electric utility?
  3. Provide one example of a problem a utility was experiencing before your solution.
  4.  Describe what your company/solution did to solve the utility’s problem.
  5. List the results achieved by your solution and how it benefited the utility.

PowerPoint Presentations & Handouts Optional
You are not required to prepare slides or handouts for your 5-minute presentation. However, if you do prepare slides, we must receive them in advance, no later than Thursday, Aug 2. Email the slides to Bill Smart.

Schedule Vendor Presentation Review Call
Once you have answered these questions and have your presentation ready, please consider scheduling a call with us by July 20, 2018.  We will make ourselves available to run through your presentation, provide feedback, and answer questions.  To schedule a call, send an email request to Bill Smart or Patty Cruz.

Following is an example that Patty Cruz, our newest team member, provided.  This follows our suggested format: state the problems the utility faced, what you or your company did to solve that problem(s) and what the result was.

Vendor Presentation Example
My name is Patty Cruz and I am the VP of Consulting & Training with Hometown Connections.  Within our Management Consulting services, I help our public power utility clients with Strategic Planning.

In 2013, I assisted a utility in Texas with their Strategic Plan. This utility was experiencing challenges with their Board of Directors, their infrastructure was aging and they recognized a need to update their technology.  They were also having difficulty attracting and retaining qualified candidates and were unsure how to improve internal and external communications.

Through our facilitated planning process, we created a core planning team with representatives across the utility and guided them to define their mission, vision and prioritize their strategic areas of focus for the next five years.  The planning process defined solutions to address these strategic issues.  Today, five years after the Plan was developed these are some of the results achieved:

  • Reliability:
    • Average System Availability Index (ASAI)  is 99.99%
  • Workforce Issues:
    • Compensation levels are within 5% of median market range & turnover rate has decreased to 7%
    • Employee satisfaction is 93%
  • Continuous Improvement: 10% of key processes are reviewed and improved on an annual basis
  • Community Engagement: 100% of sponsorships meet Sponsorship Policies
  • Technology:
    • Strategic Technology Map developed and in process of implementation

As a result of the development and implementation of the Plan, this utility has also improved relations with its Board of Directors.  A clear path, with defined goals, actions, and metrics has aligned this utility’s efforts and key stakeholders towards achievement of a common vision.

For More Information
Contact Susan Ryba.




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