About Us

Dedicated to Public Power

Hometown Connections, Inc., is a non-profit utility services organization offering public power utilities guidance and access to quality products/services from a trusted entity with public power’s best interests in mind. Hometown Connections is a resource to public power systems large and small, facilitating access to technology, services, and other solutions from industry-leading companies.

Integrated Solutions for Public Power

The products and services offered through Hometown Connections include a full range of advanced grid solutions, as well as consulting support in the areas of organization assessment, strategic planning, governance development, customer service, market research, and staffing. 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 public power utilities on governance, 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.
Patricia Cruz, Vice President of Consulting & Training, has been helping public power utility clients achieve excellence for nearly 20 years. Previously with Leidos, Patty is an exceptional management consultant with proven achievement managing projects in the areas of strategic planning, communications, cultural alignment, organizational effectiveness and facilitating project execution.
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, president of the California Municipal Utilities Association and president of the Southern California Public Power Authority.  She has been appointed to the Electricity Advisory Committee for the U. S. Department of Energy.
 Dan Ebert for Web Dan Ebert is an Executive Consultant for Hometown Connections, concentrating on utilities in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. He brings to Hometown Connections 25 years’ experience in energy policy and advocacy, management, energy market formation and operation, corporate communications and coalition management.
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 the American Public Power Association, 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) Executive Consultant for Hometown Connections. Retired from the Nashville Electric Service as Vice President, Operations (Engineering), he was a member of American Public Power Association’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 staff of the American Public Power Association, she is a communications professional with more than 29 years of experience supporting the marketing and media relations activities of national trade associations.

The staff of Hometown Connections works closely with 23 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.