The 20112 APPA National Conference was held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle from June 17 to 20. APPA enjoyed one of its highest attendance counts ever, and Hometown Connections played a prominent role at the event. Prior to the conference, two partners taught pre-conference workshops. Doug Westlund of N-Dimension Solutions taught the course Cyber Security for Public Power Utilities. Mark Beauchamp taught two courses: Overview of Utility Financial Operations for Boards and Conducting a Utility Financial Check Up. Steve VanderMeer of Hometown Connections co-taught the Financial Check Up class with Mark.
Hometown Connections was joined by 10 of its partners at this year’s conference. The Public Power Expo provided a great opportunity for public power utilities to meet with representatives of the Hometown Connections “family” of products, services, and solutions. They were impossible to miss as attendees to the Expo were met at the door by Walter McGrath and Tommy Nanney, handing out resuable Hometown Connections bags. Seattle City Light’s mascot, “Twisty,” also made a lasting impression. Right behind this august group was the Hometown Connections booth area, with our partners set up on a very large red carpet, inviting attendees to learn more.
The partners were kept busy, meeting old clients and talking with future ones. Networking was ongoing, including the Partners Breakfast, when the Partners group and Hometown Connections staff discussed the latest issues influencing public power. Brainstorming at the breakfast also led to the creation of an internal, online discussion network of partners that promises to create many new opportunities for collaboration and problem-solving.
In all, it was another successful National Conference. Thank you to all of our partners who joined us.