Hometown Connections, Inc. (HCI) CEO and President Tim Blodgett is stepping down after more than 20 years at the municipal utility service provider. He announced on Thursday his intention to step down by the end of 2021. The HCI Board of Directors will begin a nationwide recruitment to fill the position.
Blodgett has been instrumental in helping drive the policies behind HCI’s role as municipal utilities’ preferred service provider, with consistent recognition for the organization’s highly valuable consulting practice, strong utility vendor pool, and expanding cybersecurity and automated meter infrastructure (AMI) programs. Under his leadership, HCI is well-positioned to support the strength of municipal utilities across the country.
“Tim has been an incredible asset to HCI and a reliable resource as we worked through the transition of HCI’s ownership structure,” said HCI Board Chair and NCPA General Manager Randy S. Howard. “His trusted expertise will have a lasting impact on not just HCI, but the public power community as a whole. We wish him well in his next chapter.”
Blodgett began his career with HCI in 1998 as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, during which time he helped transform a startup organization into a well-recognized industry institution known for providing a wide array of products and services that meet the unique requirements of community-owned utilities. In 2001, he was appointed as HCI’s CEO and President. Prior to HCI, he was the Director of Sales for a subsidiary of KN Energy and PacifiCorp, where he assisted energy distribution companies with their customer care programs.
While serving as HCI CEO and President, Blodgett has consulted with the boards and staffs of numerous industry organizations while enhancing the value of HCI’s services for the public power community. His advice related to strategic planning and board development is widely sought after across the nation.
About Hometown Connections, Inc.
Hometown Connections, Inc. is a national, non-profit utility services organization serving community-owned utilities. A single source for many utility products and services, HCI’s team of consultants and vendor partners provide affordable and high-quality solutions to help community utilities transform business operations, planning, employee engagement, the customer experience, and much more. Supporting operational and service excellence, each of HCI’s services and deliverables are scalable based on the size and objectives of the utility. @HTConnections, Facebook, LinkedIn.
In 1998, the American Public Power Association created Hometown Connections to negotiate group purchasing programs with leading vendors while providing management consulting to prepare community-owned utilities for the challenges ahead. During more than 20 years of service, Hometown has provided products and services to more than 900 organizations and saved the public power utilities market more than $18 million collectively through group discount programs.
HCI has evolved with the industry and places a high priority on adapting to the changing needs of the municipal utility sector. Today, Hometown Connections, Inc. is owned by the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, American Municipal Power, Inc., Great Lakes Utilities of Wisconsin, Missouri Public Utility Alliance, Northern California Power Agency, and Vermont Public Power Supply Authority.