Conference

National Conference

Engage, network and innovate with public power's leaders.
June 10 - 15, 2022
Nashville, Tennessee

The 2022 National Conference will be held in person in Nashville, Tennessee at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


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 both the in-person and virtual components of the 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

Jump-Start your networking 

Give your conference networking an immediate jolt. We’ll connect you with a small group of attendees (3-5 people) before the conference. You’ll meet your group when you arrive at the Welcome Reception, or your time and place of choice. It’s a great, easy way to jump-start your networking and meet new people, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and expand your network of public power peers and partners.

This program is open to all conference participants—utility employees and industry partners, regardless if this your first time attending or your fiftieth. To sign up, just check the box when you register, or contact us at [email protected] to participate. 

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]

The 2022 National Conference program will be available January 2022. The National Conference will feature breakout sessions, sponsor exhibitions, and networking opportunities to help you connect with public power leaders and partners across the country.

Please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


Program

The full agenda will be available in January 2022.

Registration

Registration will open in January 2022.

National Conference Fees

Conference Registration

  Register by May 13 After May 13
APPA Members $925 $975
Nonmembers $1,850 $1,950

Group discounts are available! See details below. 

Preconference Seminars (Seminars will be held on June 11-12) 

  Register by May 13 After May 13
APPA Members $350 $400
Nonmembers $700 $750

Not yet an American Public Power Association member?  Join today and start saving immediately on your conference registration. Call Member Services at 202-467-2936 to learn more. 

Group Registration Discounts

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

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.

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

Guest Registrations

Guests: $100 (each)

Guests are invited to join the Welcome Reception and Industry Innovations Expo. Badges must be shown for entry. Guests attending the event must agree to and sign the Duty of Care Agreement.

All guest registrations must be accompanied by a National Conference attendee registration. Children age 12 and under do not need to register. 

Jump-Start Networking 

Give your conference networking an immediate jolt. We’ll connect you with a small group of attendees (3-5 people) before the conference. You’ll meet your group when you arrive at the Welcome Reception, or your time and place of choice. It’s a great, easy way to jump-start your networking and meet new people, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and expand your network of public power peers and partners.

The jump-start networking program is open to all conference participants—utility employees and industry partners, regardless if this your first time attending or your fiftieth. To sign up, just check the box when you register, or contact us at [email protected] to participate. 

Cancellation Policy

National Conference registrants who cancel in writing on or before June 6, 2022, are entitled to a refund of their registration fee, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Registrants who cancel after June 6 will not receive a refund, but attendee substitutions will be allowed for the 2022 National Conference only. Registrants and no-shows who do not cancel on or before June 6 are responsible for the full registration fee and are not entitled to a refund.

All cancellations must be made in writing and emailed to: [email protected].

Questions?

Email [email protected]

Conference Location & Hotel

The 2022 National Conference will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee on June 10-15. All in-person conference events will be held at the resort/convention center. The hotel room block will open in January 2022.

Gaylord Opryland Re4sort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN  37214

Reservations

  • Main Telephone:
  • Group Rate:
  • Reservation Cut-off Date:
  • Reservation Telephone:
  • Group Code:
  • Online Reservation Link:

Logistics 

  • Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Valet parking: $40 Valet overnight/with in-and-out privileges
  • Self-parking: $32 overnight/with in-and-out privileges
  • Internet access: High Speed Internet for 14.99 USD/day

Make your reservations only through the web links provided on this site, or by calling the hotels directly. No third parties are authorized to handle hotel reservations on our behalf.

The cut-off date to receive the group rate at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is May 13, 2022. The room blocks may sell out before May 13, so early reservations are encouraged. Make your reservations directly with the hotel using the links or telephone numbers above.

Cancelled 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.

Nashville

Far and wide, music is a universal language that brings people together, tells stories, and is influenced by the world around it. In Music City, a wide range of cultures and backgrounds are represented through its people, cuisine, businesses, entertainment, and more. Come see just how Nashville’s warm and welcoming Southern hospitality is as unlimited as its vibrant music scene.

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) 2022 National 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.

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 before they will be permitted to attend the conference. 

What attendees must do

When you register

All participants must agree to abide by APPA's safety protocols before registering for the conference. Your registration implies your consent to adhere to these standards. 

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 (including mask requirements) will be updated as the situation evolves and will be communicated to all participants before the event. 

Pre-Event Health Assessment 

Registrants will be asked to complete a self-assessment prior to traveling to the event. Participants do not need to submit a separate form; but we ask all attendees to honestly answer these questions to help us protect all conference attendees, staff, and the local community. 

  1. Have you had any of the following NEW or UNUSUAL-FOR-YOU symptoms within the past 72 hours? 
    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or above, or possible fever-like symptoms such as alternating chills and sweating.
    • Frequent cough (not a chronic cough or your normal seasonal allergies)
    • Trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or severe wheezing 
    • Muscle or body aches that are not exercise related
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of smell or taste 
    • Headache
  2. Have you, or anyone in your household or group, tested positive or are awaiting test results for COVID-19?
  3. Do you, or anyone in your household or group, have the symptoms of COVID-19 as listed above?
  4. Are you currently subject to a stay-at-home order from your doctor or state or local requirements to quarantine, isolate, or stay at home? 

If you answer YES to any of these questions, please STAY AT HOME. Please send your cancellation request to [email protected].

COVID Test Recommended 

We are recommending (not requiring) all participants get a COVID test 3 days before the conference; and again 3 days after returning home. 

Anyone who tests positive before the conference should stay home. If anyone tests positive after the conference, they should email Amy Rigney-Gay, APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration, at [email protected] to confidentially report so we can try to conduct contact tracing.

On-site Safety Protocols

The safety of all conference participants is our top priority. All conference participants must: 

  1. Follow APPA mask policy (if masks are deemed required for this event). 
  2. Adhere to CDC, and state and local guidance before and during the event. 
  3. Complete the health check-in each day before entering the APPA meeting space (see below).
  4. Sign in at your table at each session you attend.
  5. Engage in appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices.
  6. Be respectful of all other attendees and their comfort levels.
  7. Not attend the event if you are ill, actively experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have recently been in close contact with someone who is experiencing COVID symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.
  8. Notify APPA’s Vice President of Human Resources & Administration at [email protected] if you test positive for COVID-19 up to 14 days after returning home.

On-site Daily Health Check-in

Each day of the conference, all participants will be required to complete a short health questionnaire, as many of us do when we come into the office. No medical tests are required; APPA will not ask for any medical records, test results, or proof of vaccination. 

The daily health check-in will be a simple online form, asking participants to self-certify that: 

  • 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. 

Participants must complete the daily health check-in before entering the APPA meeting space. A link will be emailed to attendees in advance, and will be available through the conference mobile app.

Show your completion screen when you arrive at the meeting space each morning to receive a colored wristband. 

  • When you complete the questionnaire, you will get a screen telling you to proceed to the meeting. Simply show this screen on your mobile device to verify you have completed your daily check in.
  • If you aren't able to show your completion screen, someone will look you up by name to verify you have completed your check-in. 

Your wristband is required for entry into all APPA sessions and activities. It also confers in-and-out privileges; once you receive your wristband for the day, you can enter and exit the APPA meeting space freely just by showing your wristband.

What we are doing

Personal Safety

APPA will take the following steps to ensure the health and safety of all meeting participants:

  • All participants (including attendees, speakers, sponsors, guests and staff) will agree to and be required to follow safety protocols put in place by APPA.
  • All participants must complete a daily health questionnaire before entering the meeting space. Attendees will receive a wristband confirming they have completed the daily check in so they may enter/exit the meeting space without having to complete it again on that day.
  • Masks are required in all APPA meeting areas and at official APPA functions, except when eating or drinking.

Meeting experience

APPA is examining every aspect of the in-person meeting experience to ensure we are taking all appropriate precautions to protect the safety of participants, including:

  • Modifying room seating and event layouts to allow for social distancing.
  • Redesigning networking opportunities to accommodate social distancing while still facilitating meaningful conversations and exchanges.
  • Holding networking events outdoors, whenever possible. 
  • Making changes at our registration desk to alleviate congestion and reduce contact points.
  • During sessions, Q&A will be administered through the conference mobile app (instead of shared microphones). 
  • APPA may employ assigned seating, queued entrances, or timed entrance and exits of meeting rooms to manage crowd control and accommodate room capacity limits, according to state or local mandates. 

Cleaning and hygiene 

APPA is working with the hotel to ensure the cleanliness of the meeting facilities. 

  • APPA will develop and institute a cleaning and sanitizing schedule with the hotel that meets the specific needs of the conference and our attendees. 
  • High-touch surfaces within the meeting space will be cleaned multiple times a day.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned throughout the meeting space.
  • Additional hygienic supplies, including disinfectant wipes, gloves, and disposable masks, will be made available to attendees. 
  • APPA is working with the hotel to ensure all hotel culinary and banquet team members adhere to strict guidelines for the preparation, handling and serving of food & beverages. 
  • APPA will keep attendees updated on the hotel’s COVID related practices and protocols.  

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is APPA proceeding with this meeting in-person? 

Safety and community are at the root of public power, and because of these commitments we are confident that we can host the conference safely. We are partnering with the hotel, have talked to local health officials, and are deploying lessons-learned from other associations to ensure we follow all the best practices for safely hosting in-person meetings in the current environment.

In-person meetings provide many opportunities for networking and information exchange that can’t be replicated by virtual meetings, and many of our members have signaled they are ready to travel and meet in-person again. 

What is APPA doing to protect attendees on site? 

The health and safety of all our meeting participants is our top concern. Read more about our safety protocols, including what we’re doing to promote attendee safety and our expectations and standards for all participants attending the meeting. 

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 emailed 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

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.

Where and when will future National Conferences be held?

June 10-15, 2022
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Nashville, Tennessee

June 16-21, 2023
Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington

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

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

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 us at [email protected] or call 202-467-2976.