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Business & Financial Conference

Empower growth through new ideas and approaches to pricing, accounting, risk management, information technology, and human resources.
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Empower growth through new ideas

Join us for the APPA Business & Financial Conference, the annual meeting for public power professionals in the areas of business and finance, offering 40+ sessions bringing you the latest in:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Rates & Pricing 
  • Risk Management & Insurance 

 

Who Should Attend

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 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 40 breakout sessions and roundtables.

Conference sessions are designed for utility employees at both the professional and management levels, in the fields of:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Human Resources 
  • Information Technology
  • Rates & Pricing
  • Risk Management & Insurance 

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.

Serve as an Officer

Utility employees play a vital role in planning the conference to bring you the important topics. 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
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology 
  • Rates & Pricing
  • Risk Management & Insurance

More Information

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

 

Program

The 2023 Business & Financial Conference program will be available in Spring 2023. 

The Business & Financial Conference offers three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. 

  • Pre-conference seminars on Sunday are a great value-add, allowing you to explore topics in-depth with experienced instructors.
  • General sessions bring everyone together on broader issues.
  • Breakout sessions dive deeper into key areas: Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Rates and Pricing, and Risk Management and Insurance. Several breakout sessions run concurrently in each time slot, and you can attend any session you would like. 
  • Networking events and the sponsor showcase provide connection opportunities. 

 


Agenda at a Glance

Sunday

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Preconference Seminars

Require an additional fee

5 – 6:30 p.m. 

Welcome Reception

Monday

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 

Networking Breakfasts

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Newcomers Networking Breakfast
    • New to the Business & Financial Conference? Meet other first-time conference attendees, learn more about the conference and APPA, and make connections that you can build on throughout the conference. 
8:45 – 10 a.m.

 Opening General Session

10 – 10:30 a.m. 

Break

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. 

Breakout Sessions

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Break with Sponsors

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

5 p.m. 

Happy Hour with Colleagues 
(With pay-your-own-way bar)

Tuesday

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfasts

  • Networking Breakfast
  • Women in Public Power Networking Breakfast
8:45 – 10 a.m.

General Session 

10 – 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 – 2:45 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Break with Sponsors

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions 

6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Reception 

Wednesday

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. 

Networking Breakfast

8:45 – 10 a.m. 

Closing General Session

10 a.m. 

Conference Adjourns

Registration 

Registration will open in Spring 2023.

Registration fees have not been finalized yet for the 2023 Business & Financial Conference, but 2022 prices are provided below for ballpark budgeting purposes.

2022 Conference Regsitration Fees

  Before Early Registration Deadline After Early Registration Deadline
Member Conference: $875
Pre-conference seminar (each): $350
Conference: $925
Pre-conference seminar (each): $350
Nonmember Conference: $1,750
Pre-conference seminar (each): $700
Conference: $1,800
Pre-conference seminar (each): $750

 

Not yet a member? Join today and save money on your conference registration. Contact [email protected] to learn more.

Meals

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

  • Sunday: Welcome Reception
  • Monday: Continental Breakfast
  • Tuesday: Continental Breakfast; Reception 
  • Wednesday: Continental Breakfast

Group Discounts

Save money on each registration when your organization registers five or more people. The larger your group, the more you save! 

Number of registrants Discount
(per person)
1-4 n/a
5-9 $50
10-14 $100
15-24 $150
25+ $200

Your group discount will be automatically applied when you register a group of 5 or more people. Registrations must be submitted on the same order (at the same time) to qualify for the group discount; discounts cannot be retroactively applied to previous orders.

Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday, September 12, 2022 are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 12, 2022 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2022 APPA Business & Financial Conference and preconference seminars only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before September 12 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

Cancellation requests must be made through your my.publicpower portal, or addressed to: [email protected].

Code of Conduct

Attendees of American Public Power Association meetings agree to abide by the APPA Code of Conduct. If attendees engage in unacceptable behavior as outlined in the Code of Conduct, 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

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

Hotel

The location for the 2023 Business & Financial Conference has not yet been announced. The location is expected to be announced in Fall 2022.

The hotel room blocks will open in Spring 2023.  

 

Scam Alert

Please 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 APPA —in conference brochures and the website at www.PublicPower.org.

Dress Code

The attire for the conference is business casual. Meeting room temperatures vary, so prepare to dress for cool conditions. Whenever possible, networking events will be held outdoors. 

Questions and Assistance

For questions or assistance making your hotel arrangements, contact [email protected].

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2023 Business & Financial Conference is our top priority. Below are some of the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of all meeting participants, and our expectations for all conference participants. All participants must agree to abide by these standards. 

Note: These policies may be updated if CDC guidance changes. Any changes to these safety protocols will be communicated to all participants before the conference.

Before You Travel

  • We recommend all participants get a COVID test no more than 3 days before traveling to the conference. You will not be asked to show any proof of negative test results. 
  • Participants should abide by CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation if you are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 in the days leading up to the the conference. 
  • If you need to cancel your registration due to COVID or possible COVID exposure, send your cancellation request to [email protected].

On-site Safety Protocols

  • Masks are welcome, but will not be required. Masks will be available at the APPA registration desk for any participants who would like one.
  • Participants should complete a self-assessment each day before entering the APPA meeting space (see below). 
  • Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  • Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels regarding distancing, masking, etc.
  • Do not attend the event if you are ill, actively experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms; participants who have recently been exposed to or tested positive for COVID should follow CDC guidelines to determine if it is safe for them to participate. 

On-site Daily Health Check-in

Each day of the conference, participants should complete a self-assessment before entering the meeting space to ensure: 

  • You are not currently experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms that can't be explained by something else;
  • You have not recently come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; and 
  • You are continuing to follow CDC and local guidance. 

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Business & Financial Conference?

2022 Business & Financial Conference
September 18-21, 2022

Savannah, Georgia 

2023 Business & Financial Conferences date and location will be announced in Fall 2022. 

 

Can I earn educational credits for attending this conference?

Yes, you can earn the following kinds of educational credits for participating in sessions during the conference:

  • 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) Credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)

Sessions in the Human Resources track at the Business & Financial Conference will also be eligible for HRCI credits. 

To receive a certificate for your participation, participants must complete the online conference evaluation after the event.

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.

More questions?

Contact [email protected].