Conference

Business & Financial Conference

Opportunity to network and get the latest information from the experts.
September 15 - 18, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Business & Financial Conference is the annual meeting for public power professionals in the areas of business and finance, offering 60+ sessions bringing you the latest in:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Customer Accounting & Services
  • Human Resources & Training
  • Information Technology
  • Pricing & Market Analysis
  • Risk Management & Insurance 

Join the interest list to receive the latest information about this conference. Questions? Please contact us at 202-467-2919 or email [email protected].

Help us plan the 2019 conference:

The B&F officers and Association staff will meet in March to plan the 2019 conference. Submit your ideas for the 60+ breakout sessions, general sessions, networking events, and  preconference seminars via this online survey.

Registration

Registration for the 2019 B&F Conference will be open in January. The agenda will be announced in April. Register by August 23 to receive early-bird pricing. After August 23 prices increase. Book your hotel reservations directly with the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Who Should Attend

Conference attendees get the latest information from experts in their fields, learn about the national issues and industry-wide activities and trends that are affecting their communities and utilities, and share experiences and strategies for dealing with key issues and challenges at more than 50 breakout sessions and roundtables. Bringing together more than 450 public power professionals, the conference is ideal for both industry veterans and those new to the electric utility industry who are interested in professional development and networking.

Conference sessions are designed for utility employees at both the professional and management levels, in the fields of accounting and finance; customer accounting and services; human resources and training; information technology; and pricing and market analysis. Attendees typically include specialists, coordinators, analysts, managers, directors and vice presidents in their area of specialty. The conference is also recommended for utility employees with interests and responsibilities in conference topics and with cross-departmental responsibilities, as well as rising stars and future leaders those who would benefit from learning more about these strategic areas and making connections with the national public power community.

Conference Mentor Program

If you’re a first-time attendee, or the only one from your organization, pair up with a seasoned conference-goer who’ll show you the ropes. Your mentor will meet you at Sunday evening’s welcome reception and stay in touch with you throughout the conference.

Want to have a conference mentor or serve as one? Select the check box on the registration form or contact us at [email protected] or 202-467-2919.

Serve as an Officer

Utility employees play a vital role in planning the conference to bring you the important topics. Incoming Vice Chairs for committees will be selected in July. Email [email protected] if you are interested in taking a leadership position in the conference by serving as an officer for one of the following tracks:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Customer Accounting & Services
  • Human Resources & Training
  • Information Technology and
  • Pricing & Market Analysis
  • Risk Management & Insurance

More Information

Registration
Phone: 202-467-2978; Email: [email protected]

Hotel
Phone: 202-467-2941; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content
Phone: 202-467-2919; Email: [email protected]

Billing
Phone: 202-467-2967; Fax: 202-495-7467; Email: [email protected]

Program

The Business & Financial Conference program offers four days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday to Wednesday, September 15–18, 2019. Preconference seminars on Sunday, September 15, are a great value-add. Learn more about each of these offerings.

  • Preconference seminars
  • Keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions 
  • Receptions & meetings

Breakout Sessions

Benefit from engaging breakout sessions led by industry experts and public power colleagues — take home actionable ideas and tactics.

Breakout sessions are offered on Monday through Wednesday, September 16–18. Several breakout sessions run concurrently in each time slot and you can go to any sessions you like. Browse sessions below or download the program PDF for a listing by date/time that you can share with colleagues and use to plan your itinerary.

Sessions cover the following tracks or topic areas:

  • Customer Accounting & Services
  • General Accounting, Finance & Audit
  • Human Resources & Training
  • Information Technology
  • Pricing & Market Analysis
  • Risk Management & Insurance NEW!

Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, September 15

8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Registration

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Preconference Seminars

1:30 – 5 p.m.
Preconference Seminars

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Monday, September 16

7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Conference Registration

7 – 8 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8 – 8:45 a.m.
Opening General Session

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Break with Sponsors

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. 
Breakout Sessions

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
Break with Sponsors

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

3 – 3:15 p.m.
Break with Sponsors

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
Breakout Session

  • Resource Central: Association Benefits for You

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Young Professionals Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 17

7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Conference Registration

7 – 8:15 a.m.
Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

10 – 10:15 a.m.
Break with Sponsors

10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1:30 – 3 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
 

3 – 3:15 p.m.
Break with Sponsors

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

6 – 7:30 p.m.
Reception
Join your colleagues for an evening reception. You are welcome to bring a guest.

Wednesday, September 18

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

10 – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Closing General Session

11:30 a.m.
Adjourn

Registration

Members receive substantial discounts. Not yet a member? Learn more and join now.

Member Registration Fees

American Public Power Association members receive the member rate.

Through August 16, 2019

  • $775 - Business & Financial Conference
  • $325 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)
  • $425 - Full-day preconference seminars (each) 

After August 16, 2019

  • $825 - Business & Financial Conference
  • $375 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)
  • $475 - Full-day preconference seminars (each) 

Non-Member Registration Fees

Through August 16, 2019

  • $1,550 - Business & Financial Conference
  • $650 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)
  • $850 - Full-day preconference seminars (each) 

After August 16, 2019

  • $1,600 - Business & Financial Conference
  • $700 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)
  • $900 - Full-day preconference seminars (each) 

Guest Registrations

Conference attendees are welcome to bring a guest to the receptions. Guests do not need to register.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before September 9, 2019, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 9 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2019 Business & Financial Conference. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel before or on September 9 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund. Email cancellation requests to [email protected].

Hotel

The 2019 Business & Financial Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Reservations & Cancellations

The room block will be open in 2019. The cut-off date to receive the group rate (plus tax) is Friday, August 23, 2019. If rooms remain in the block after the cut-off date, the group rate will be honored. If not, you may be charged a higher rate. The room block may sell out before August 23, so early reservations are encouraged.

Cancelled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully. If you require additional assistance with housing please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

Scam Alert

Do NOT make hotel reservations through any third party that may contact you by phone or email. Use only the online reservation links, phone numbers, and discount codes available directly from the Association—in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org.

Assistance

For assistance making your hotel arrangements, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Business & Financial Conference?

September 15-18, 2019
Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 13-16, 2020
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, Georgia

What educational credits are available?

Academy events include the following opportunities for educational credits:

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) as established by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Ccedits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Is there international registration?

Online meeting registration is for U.S. and Canadian residents only. International registrants must provide a signed registration form — signed by the authorized cardholder — if paying with a credit card. Fax the completed registration form to 202-495-7484 or email it to [email protected]

Alternatively, you could send a check from a U.S. bank payable to American Public Power Association. Please mail completed form with full payment to our bank lock box:

American Public Power Association
P.O. Box 418617
Boston, MA  02241-8617

Are meals included?

The following food functions/meals are included in the registration fee:

  • Sunday - Welcome Reception
  • Monday - Continental Breakfast
  • Tuesday - Continental Breakfast; Reception 
  • Wednesday – Continental Breakfast

What is the conference dress code?

The attire for the conference is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions.

How can I present at the conference?

We welcome your topic and speaker ideas for future conferences and events. To submit your idea for consideration, complete this form. Conference topics are generally determined 6-8 months before the event is held. Ideas will be kept on file for a full year, so if the agenda for the conference has already been determined, your ideas will be considered for the next year’s event, or in case any space opens up in the current year’s program. You will be contacted only if your idea is selected for an upcoming conference.