Virtual Course

Best Practices in Public Power Governance

Explore best practices in public power governance – including understanding and communicating the value of public power, strategies for successful board operations, the duties and legal obligations of governing officials, and techniques for board development and communications.
March 11, 2021
12:00pm EST - 3:30pm EST

Virtual Training

Join us on March 11 as we debut this course in a virtual format. It’s a convenient way to 'attend' the course, while still having the opportunity to interact with the instructor, your industry peers and earn continuing education credits. This course combines real-time presentation, small group breakout sessions, case studies, and Q&A sessions.


Attend one real-time session from Noon - 3:30 p.m. Eastern on March 11. There will be a 15-minute break from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Course Overview

Protecting the many benefits of living and working in a public power community requires excellence in utility governance. Yet, most citizens serving in governance roles come to the board, commission, or city council without utility or governance experience. 

This course provides detailed training on understanding and communicating the value of public power, strategies for successful board operations, the duties and legal obligations of governing officials, and techniques for board development and communications. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of APPA’s new Policymakers Manual.

Course Topics

  • The public power advantage
  • Forms of public power governance
  • The importance of good governance
  • Board responsibilities
  • Legal duties
  • Board development
    • Recruitment
    • Orientation
    • Ongoing training and development
    • Assessment
  • Board communications
    • Internal communications
    • Board-CEO communications
    • Board-stakeholder communications

Recommended For

Newly elected or appointed policymakers, though experienced policy officials will also benefit. Utility managers are encouraged to attend with their commissioners, utility board or council members.

Course Level

Basic: No prerequisites; no advance preparation.

Course Materials

  • Zoom log in credentials will be sent out the day before class.
  • Attendees will receive access to APPA’s secure electronic document portal a week before the course, where the eManual and Policymakers Handbook will be made available.
  • The session will be recorded and can also be accessed through this portal, in case you can’t attend the live version. 


The following continuing education credits will be provided, after successfully completing the live session (click here to review requirements). Certificates will be emailed by March 18. 

Recommended CEUs .3/PDHs 3.25/CPEs 3.8
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge


SVSteve VanderMeer, Executive Consultant, Hometown Connections

Steve joined Hometown Connections in 1998 and provides consulting, training and facilitation support to public power utilities and their governing boards. He has worked with a wide range of municipal governments and non-profit organizations on strategic planning, governance, organizational assessments, public participation, market research and customer service issues. He is the author of the Association’s Policymakers Handbook publication. Previously, Steve worked at Fort Collins Utilities where he was the Director of Marketing and Energy Services.


Contact us at [email protected].

Register Now

Registration fees:

  • $375 for members
  • $750 for nonmembers

Not a member? Join today and save on your course registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2926 to learn more.

Group Discounts

Save an additional $50 on each registration for the Public Power Forward Virtual Summit when your organization registers 5 or more people. The larger your group, the more you save!  

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Contact [email protected] for more information and to request the group registration form to receive this special discount. 


Registrants who cancel in writing on or before March 4, 2021, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after March 4 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for this event only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel by March 4 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.


Contact [email protected].

Earn While You Learn!

Participate in online programs to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Continuing Professional Education credits (CPEs). This course is eligible for the following credits:

Recommended CEUs .3/PDHs 3.25/CPEs 3.8
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

What educational credits are available?

You can earn the following kinds of continuing education credits for attending live sessions during this event—provided the following requirements are met:

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Attendees are required to attend and participate in 90% of the live event and complete an online evaluation at the end of the session
  • Partial credit cannot be given for partial attendance
  • Attendance is monitored by an APPA staff member during the event, through an online report log, and upon review of the post-event evaluation data
  • Completion certificates will be emailed out within one week of a live event (for those who meet the requirements)
  • Virtual sessions are recorded (attendees automatically receive access to recordings within a week of a live event), though continuing education credits can only be given for attending live events


IACET logoContinuing Education Units (CEUs) - The American Public Power Association is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. For information regarding certification status, attendance requirements and obtaining attendees transcripts, contact [email protected] or 202-467-2965. Verify our IACET Accreditation.

CPE logoContinuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits - The American Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: Unless noted, there are no prerequisites for the courses offered and no advance preparation is required. Courses are group-internet based offerings at the basic program level (unless otherwise noted). Credit hours and areas of study for the courses are listed on the individual course pages. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as clarification of requirements, complaints, and refunds, please contact [email protected].

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) -  The American Public Power Association’s educational practices are consistent with the criteria for awarding Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Course eligibility and number of PDHs may vary by state.

Format and Log-In Information

This class will be offered on the Zoom meeting platform. Presented in a one-day interactive session, featuring real-time presentation, small group breakout sessions, case studies, and Q&A sessions.

  • You’ll receive a logistics email and access to the online document portal one week in advance of the class.
  • You will receive your Zoom access link the day before the class from the APPA Academy <[email protected]>. Please reach out to [email protected] if you do not receive that email. 

New to Zoom?

If you haven't participated in a Zoom meeting before, please download the Zoom web client from the Zoom Download Center. This will enable you to access all of the Zoom tools and functionality vs. using the web version. For the course, you will need an Internet connection and sound (we recommend using your computer’s audio and microphone, though a phone number will also be provided). Then, visit to ensure you are able to join a meeting. 

If you are not able to download the Zoom web client, you can still participate via your Internet browser. We recommend using Chrome for the best results. If you use your Internet browser, your functionality may be more limited (for example, you will only be able to see one video feed at a time), and you will need to create a Zoom account. (Account creation is a free and straightforward process, but you will want to do this in advance so you do not miss any part of the meeting).

Privacy and Security

The American Public Power Association takes your privacy and security very seriously. For this reason, we have put the following security measures in place for this course:

  • A random Meeting ID
  • Password-protected
  • Enabled waiting room to screen meeting participants
  • Restricted screen sharing to hosts only

Code of Conduct

Participants agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If participants engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the code, the Association may take any action it deems appropriate, including but not limited to, expulsion from the current and future meetings, with no warning or refund.


Contact us at [email protected].