Conference

Business & Financial Conference

Empower growth through new ideas and approaches to pricing, accounting, risk management, information technology, and human resources.
September 19 - 22, 2021

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:

  • Customer Accounting & Services
  • Accounting & Finance
  • 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 202-467-2965 or email [email protected].

Program

The 2021 Business & Financial Conference program will be available in Spring. Review the 2020 Business & Financial Conference Program for a better idea of what kinds of topics you may see.

Registration

Registration for the 2021 Business & Financial Conference will open in Spring 2021.

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.

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:

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

More Information

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

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

Program/Content
Phone: 202-467-2980; Email: [email protected]

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

Program

The 2021 Business & Financial Conference program will be available in the spring. Review the 2020 Business & Financial Conference Program for a better idea of what kinds of topics you may see.

The Business & Financial Conference offers four days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities from Monday to Wednesday, September 20-22, 2021. Preconference seminars on Sunday, September 19, are a great value-add. Learn more about each of these offerings.

  • Preconference seminars
  • General sessions
  • Breakout sessions
    • Monday A.M. sessions
    • Monday P.M. sessions
    • Tuesday A.M. sessions
    • Tuesday P.M. sessions
    • Wednesday A.M. sessions

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 20-22. 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
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Human Resources & Training
  • Information Technology
  • Pricing & Market Analysis
  • Risk Management & Insurance

Agenda at a Glance

Sunday, September 19

8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Registration

8:30 a.m. – Noon
Preconference Seminars

1:30 – 5 p.m.
Preconference Seminars

5 – 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception


Monday, September 20

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

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


Tuesday, September 21

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 22

7:45 – 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

Registration for the 2021 Business & Financial Conference will open in Spring 2021.

2021 Conference Registration Fees

Member Registration Fees

American Public Power Association members receive the member rate. Fees increase by $50 after August 20th. 

  • $825 - Business & Financial Conference
  • $350 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)

Non-Member Registration Fees

  • $1,650 - Business & Financial Conference
  • $700 - Half-day preconference seminars (each)

Not an American Public Power Association member? Join today and save $775 on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2936 email [email protected] to learn more.

Registration Cancellation, Refund, and Substitution Policy

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before FridaySeptember 13, 2021 are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after September 13, 2021 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2021 Association Business & Financial Conference and preconference seminars only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before September 13 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

Requests must be made in writing and mailed or emailed to:

Meeting Services
American Public Power Association
2451 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202-4804
Email: [email protected] 

Questions?

Email [email protected].

Hotel

The 2021 Business & Financial Conference will be held at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado on September on September 19-22. All conference events will be held at that hotel.

Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, CO 80202

Hilton Denver City Center

The Hilton Denver City Center is located in the heart of downtown Denver, a half-mile from the Colorado Convention Center. Larimer Square, Coors Field, and the Denver Performing Arts Complex are a short drive away. Enjoy on-site dining and drinks, 24-hour room service, and an indoor heated pool.

Reservations

  • Main Telephone: (303) 294-1300
  • Group Rate: $249 (Single/Double) per night (plus 15.75% tax)
  • Reservation Cut-off Date: August 27, 2021
  • Reservation Telephone: (800) 774-1500
  • Online Reservation LinkAPPA 2021 Business & Financial Conference

Logistics 

  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Valet parking: $54 Valet overnight/with in-and-out privileges
  • Self-parking: $34 overnight/with in-and-out privileges
  • Internet access: Complimentary wireless internet in sleeping rooms

Reservations & Cancellations

The cut-off date to receive the group rate at the Hilton Denver City Center is August 27, 2021. The room blocks may sell out before August 27, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Canceled reservations that are not resold may become a financial liability for the Association, so please make your reservations thoughtfully.

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, please contact Meeting Services at 202-467-2941 or [email protected].

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The safety of those attending the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2021 Business & Financial Conference is our top priority. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are applying lessons learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment. We are relying on everyone to do their part to keep themselves and everyone else safe during the conference.

All participants in the 2021 Business & Financial Conference must agree to adhere to APPA’s safety protocols for the meeting, and all applicable state and local guidelines. These protocols may include wearing a mask at all times in public areas; engaging in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices; submitting to daily health screenings and temperature checks; and not attending the conference if you are ill, actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Safety protocols will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when is the next Business & Financial Conference?

September 19-22, 2021
Hilton Denver City Center
Denver, Colorado

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) Credits 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.