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Business & Financial Conference set for Orlando

From the May 13, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 13, 2013

By Meghan Riley
Education Coordinator

Registration is now open for the 2013 Business & Financial Conference, APPA’s annual conference for utility professionals in the areas of accounting, finance, customer accounting and services, pricing, market analysis, information technology, human resources and training. The conference will be held Sept. 22-25 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Fla.

The conference will feature more than 50 concurrent sessions, including sessions on:

•    The Trials and Tribulations of Pole Attachments
•    Fraud & Embezzlement: Lessons From the Trenches
•    Calculating the Comprehensive Value of Your Local Public Power Utility
•    Cost of Service: Challenges and Solutions
•    Do Customers Want Choices in Their Rates?
•    Pricing Potpourri and Market Medley
•    Outsourcing Bill Printing and Mailing
•    Don’t Forget Customer Service in Your Emergency Response Plan
•    Positioning Your Utility to Succeed in a Sellout Evaluation
•    Health Care Reform: What Does it Mean to Your Utility?
•    How HR Managers Survive an Enterprise-Wide Technology Conversion
•    Communicating and Motivating to Reach Across the Generations
•    AMI: Now That the Hype is Over...
•    Thinking Strategically: The Role IT Will Play in the Future of Public Power
•    iPhone/iOS Applications for Utilities
•    The 21st Century Mobile Workforce: Using Technology to Increase Efficiencies 

The program includes roundtable discussions, networking breakfasts, receptions and other opportunities for information exchange. Attendees will also have an opportunity to attend in-depth pre-conference seminars, including:

•    Building an Internal Control Framework for NERC Compliance 
•    Organization and Workforce Planning for Public Power 
•    Performing a Utility Financial Check-up 
•    Understanding and Maximizing AMI Benefits for Utilities

Conference fees are $645 for APPA members and $1,290 for nonmembers who register before Aug. 30.  Pre-conference seminars require a separate registration fee. 

Visit for program information or to register.


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