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Business & Financial Conference in Orlando, Sept. 14-17

From the May 1, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 1, 2014

By Meghan Riley
Education and Marketing Coordinator
Registration is now open for the 2014 Business & Financial Conference, APPA’s annual conference for utility professionals in accounting, finance, customer accounting and services, pricing, market analysis, information technology, and human resources and training. The conference will be held Sept. 14-17 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Ore.

The conference will feature more than 50 concurrent sessions on topics such as:

Accounting, Finance & Audit
•    Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Update 
•    Use of Analytical Tools in Management Reporting
•    Detecting and Mitigating Fraud
•    Are Utilities Overpaying to Finance Projects?
•    IRS Audits of Tax-Exempt Bonds
•    Long Range Financial Planning
•    Bonds for Newbies and Covenant Compliance
•    Practical Steps in Implementing the New Pension Standards: GASB 68

Pricing & Market Analysis
•    What Does and Doesn’t Work with Decoupling
•    Financial Solutions for Distributed Generation
•    Alternative Means of Adding to the Utility’s Bottom Line

Customer Accounting & Services
•    Sharing with the Public: Customer Service’s Role in Modern Communications
•    Kiosks and Prepaid Metering
•    Turning the Power Back On: Outage Management Systems 

Human Resources & Training
•    Love Them or Lose Them: Employee Retention Tools
•    Drugs in the Workplace
•    Working with Unions: Is it Black, White or Gray?

Information Technology
•    Microsoft Licensing 101
•    The Future of Broadband and Telecommunications for Public Power
•    Moving IT from a Cost Center to a Revenue Center

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:

•    Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
•    Distributed Generation: Unique Issues Facing Public Power
•    Establishing and Strengthening the Internal Audit Function in Your Utility
•    Utility Data Analytics: Turning Utility Data into Utility Value 

Conference fees are $645 for APPA members and $1,290 for nonmembers who register before Aug. 22.  Pre-conference seminars require a separate registration fee. 

Visit for program information or to register. 


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