Conference

National Conference

Engage, network and innovate with public power's leaders.
June 16 - 21, 2023
Seattle, Washington

About the National Conference

The APPA National Conference is your time to reconnect, recharge, and power up for the future at the nation’s premier gathering of public power leaders. Join us and explore how changing policy, technology, and lifestyles are reshaping the energy industry and how that impacts your community. Engage with visionaries and experts, exchange strategies and solutions with other public power leaders and policymakers, and discover tools for your future success. Join us to plug in to the experience, innovation, and leadership of your national public power community.

Who Should Attend

Connect with public power’s leaders for ideas and insights at the National Conference:

  • General managers and CEOs
  • Senior managers, rising stars and future leaders
  • Mayors
  • Governing board members
  • City council members
  • Policy and strategy makers
  • Industry partners and vendors
  • Consultants and subject matter experts

More Information

Registration: [email protected]

Program/Content: [email protected]

Hotel: [email protected]

Billing: [email protected]

 

Program

The 2023 National Conference program will be available in early 2023. 

The National Conference offers many opportunities professional development and networking opportunities to help you connect with public power leaders and partners across the country.

  • Pre-conference seminars on Sunday are a great value-add.
  • General sessions bring everyone together on broader issues.
  • Breakout sessions dive deeper into key issues facing public power utilities. 
  • Networking events and the Industry Innovations Expo provide connection opportunities. 

 

Agenda at a Glance

Friday, June 16

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Power Day of Giving

 

Sunday, June 18

8:30 a.m. – Noon

Preconference Seminars

All seminars require an additional fee

1:30 – 5 p.m.

Preconference Seminars

All seminars require an additional fee

5 – 6 p.m. 

Women in Public Power Reception

Join the women thought leaders, policymakers, and innovators shaping public power for networking and drinks. Make new friends, share stories, and enjoy great conversations.

6 – 7:30 p.m. 

Welcome Reception

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while you reconnect with old friends, meet new people, and network with other public power leaders. All conference participants and guests are welcome.

 

Monday, June 19

7:15 – 8:15 a.m. 

Morning Conversations

Start your morning by joining friends and colleagues in small group discussions. Continental breakfast will be served.

10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Industry Innovations Expo open

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Opening General Session

  • Keynote Speaker
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Industry Innovations Expo open

Refreshment breaks will be held in the Industry Innovations Expo.

11 a.m. – Noon 

Breakout Sessions

Noon – 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

2:30 – 3 p.m.

Break with Sponsors (Industry Innovations Expo) 

3 – 4 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

4:30 – 6 p.m. 

Industry Innovations Expo Reception

Unwind over drinks as you connect with industry suppliers, vendors, and consultants and discover how they can help your organization succeed. Enjoy some down time with colleagues.

 

Tuesday, June 20

7:15 – 8:15 a.m.

Morning Conversations

Start your morning by joining friends and colleagues in small group discussions. Continental breakfast will be served

10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Industry Innovations Expo open

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

General Session 

  • Presentation of National Awards
    Recognizing excellence in public power leadership

  • Keynote Speaker

10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Industry Innovations Expo open

Refreshment breaks will be held in the Industry Innovations Expo.

11 a.m. – Noon 

Breakout Sessions

Noon – 1:30 p.m. 

Lunch - Industry Innovations Expo 

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

Breakout Sessions

2:30 – 3 p.m.

Break with Sponsors (Industry Innovations Expo) 

3 – 4:15 p.m. 

General Session

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. 

Association Business Meeting

Get reports from the board Treasurer on APPA’s performance and financials and cast your vote on policy resolutions that will guide APPA’s advocacy efforts for the coming year and for members to represent your region on the APPA Board of Directors. Each utility member must appoint a voting delegate for this meeting. 

7 - 9 p.m. 

Special Event

 

Wednesday, June 21

8 – 10:30 a.m. 

Chair’s Breakfast & Closing General Session

Chair’s Breakfast
Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Please be seated by 8:30 a.m. for breakfast service. 

Installation of the 2023-24 Board Chair

Closing Keynote Speaker

10:30 a.m. 

Conference Adjourns

 

Registration

Registration will open in early 2023. 

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

2022 Conference Registration Fees

 

 

Before Early Registration Deadline

After Early Registration Deadline

Member

$975

$1,025

Nonmember

$1,950

$2,000

The early registration deadline for the 2023 National Conference will be May 19, 2023. 

Group discounts are available! See details below. 

Preconference Seminars 

 

Before Early Registration Deadline

After Early Registration Deadline

Member

$350

$400

Nonmember

$700

$750

Not yet an American Public Power Association member?  Join today and start saving immediately on your conference registration. Contact [email protected] to learn more. 

Group Registration Discounts

Save money on each registration for the National Conference when your organization registers 5 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 Policy

National Conference registrants who cancel in writing on or before June 12, 2023, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after June 12 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 National Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before June 12 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

Cancellation requests should 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.

Questions?

Contact [email protected]

Conference Location & Hotel

The 2023 National Conference will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington on June 16-21, 2023. Attendees should stay in the APPA room block at the Sheraton Seattle, located across the street from the convention center.

The hotel room block will open in Fall 2022. 

Sheraton Grand Seattle
1400 6th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101

 

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.

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 National 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. 

Daily Self-Assessment

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 [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will future National Conferences be held?

June 7-12, 2024
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
San Diego, California

June 6-11, 2025
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

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)

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

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.

What is the policy on refunds, cancellations and attendee substitutions?

Registrants who cancel in writing on or before Monday, June 12, 2023, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after June 12 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2023 National Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before June 12 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund of their registration fee. 

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.

What is the APPA Code of Conduct for meeting attendees?

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.

More questions?

Contact [email protected].