Steve VanderMeer joined Hometown Connections in 1998, providing consulting, training, and facilitation support to community-owned utilities and their governing boards. Mr. VanderMeer has worked with a wide range of municipal governments and non-profit organizations in strategic planning, governance, organizational assessments, public participation, market research, and customer service. He is the author of two American Public Power Association (APPA) publications, “Policymakers’ Handbook: A Nuts and Bolts Guide to Governance in Public Power” and “Customer Service: Building a Strong Infrastructure for your Utility.” He speaks frequently to governing boards across the U.S., teaches governance workshops, and facilitates board retreats. Mr. VanderMeer designed and taught the curriculum for the APPA Certificate in Governance program.
Mr. VanderMeer came to Hometown Connections from a Colorado public power utility, Fort Collins Utilities, where he was the Director of Marketing and Energy Services. There, Mr. VanderMeer oversaw the expansion of the utility’s energy efficiency and conservation programming and the launch of several new products and services including the very successful Wind Power Program, winner of the 1997 APPA DEED Energy Innovators Award. Prior to his work with the utility, Mr. VanderMeer was Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Fort Collins, managing numerous community outreach and public participation programs, working closely with the city council, community members and the media. Mr. VanderMeer has also served on several governing boards. Click to download profile.