Meeting

Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable (Postponed)

Bringing communications leaders to speak on strategy development as well as managing, budgeting, and staffing the communications/marketing function for public power systems. Please note that this year's roundtable will be all-virtual with registrants receiving information on how to join remotely.
March 30, 2020
Virtual Event

APPA’s Public Communications Committee has made the decision to POSTPONE Monday’s Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable as we all respond to the fluid COVID-19 situation. We encourage you all to continue to use the Public Communications listserv to keep in touch with your fellow communicators as this pandemic unfolds.

APPA will be back in touch with information on the new Spring Issues Roundtable date.

The Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable is an annual one-day event that covers issues common to strategy development as well as managing, budgeting, and staffing the communications/marketing function for public power systems. All Association members who work for a utility, state association or joint action agency are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, please check the agenda or contact [email protected].

For information on virtually attending the roundtable, contact [email protected]

APPA’s Public Communications Committee has made the decision to POSTPONE Monday’s Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable as we all respond to the fluid COVID-19 situation. We encourage you all to continue to use the Public Communications listserv to keep in touch with your fellow communicators as this pandemic unfolds.

APPA will be back in touch with information on the new Spring Issues Roundtable date.

Agenda

Welcome and Introductions - 8:30-8:45 a.m.

Tobias Sellier, Director of Media Relations & Communications, American Public Power Association

David Mehlhaff, Public Communications Committee Chair and Chief Communications Officer, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Kansas

Kelly Lady, Marketing/Energy Services Manager, Austin Utilities, Minnesota

 

Association & Advocacy Updates – 8:45-9:15 a.m.

Joy Ditto, President & CEO, American Public Power Association
 

Increasing Electric Vehicle Adoption – 9:15-10:15 a.m.

See what public power communities across the country are doing to promote use of electric vehicles among their customers. Learn what resources the Association has for you on EVs.

Patricia Taylor, Senior Manager, Regulatory Policy & Business Programs, American Public Power Association

 

Digital Media Trends – 10:15 -11 a.m.

Discuss new tactics and technologies to increase customer engagement and improve service via web, social media, online communities, and more.

Samuel Gonzales, Principal, 202 Labs

 

Municipalization and Sellouts – 11-Noon

Large and small cities are examining the value of the public power model while a few public power communities are the subject of sellout conversations. What are the lessons learned and what should your utility be prepared for?

Ursula Schryver, Vice President, Education and Customer Programs, American Public Power Association

 

Lunch/Discussion of Public Power Data Sources – Noon–1:30 p.m.

You’re often challenged with finding data – whether on squirrel-related outages or environmental issues – to shore up your messaging. And media is always looking for national data to provide context to local stories. Learn about data sources you can tap into.

Paul Zummo, Director, Policy Research and Analysis, American Public Power Association

 

State Associations and Joint Action Agencies: Forging Strong Regional Partnerships – 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Exchange ideas on how state/regional associations and joint action agencies can support utilities with new services in communications, advocacy, and other areas.

 

Roundtable Discussion/Group Therapy – 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Discuss hot topics and challenges. What’s keeping you up at night? What new skills would you like to learn?

 

Wish List for Customer Connections Conference – 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Recommend topics and speakers for the 2020 Customer Connections Conference.

 

Adjourn – 4:30 p.m.

APPA’s Public Communications Committee has made the decision to POSTPONE Monday’s Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable as we all respond to the fluid COVID-19 situation. We encourage you all to continue to use the Public Communications listserv to keep in touch with your fellow communicators as this pandemic unfolds.

APPA will be back in touch with information on the new Spring Issues Roundtable date.

Registration Information

To register for this free event, please send an email to [email protected].

APPA’s Public Communications Committee has made the decision to POSTPONE Monday’s Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable as we all respond to the fluid COVID-19 situation. We encourage you all to continue to use the Public Communications listserv to keep in touch with your fellow communicators as this pandemic unfolds.

APPA will be back in touch with information on the new Spring Issues Roundtable date.

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This year's roundtable will be virtual.

APPA’s Public Communications Committee has made the decision to POSTPONE Monday’s Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable as we all respond to the fluid COVID-19 situation. We encourage you all to continue to use the Public Communications listserv to keep in touch with your fellow communicators as this pandemic unfolds.

APPA will be back in touch with information on the new Spring Issues Roundtable date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable?

The Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable is an annual one-day event that covers issues common to strategy development as well as managing, budgeting, and staffing the communications/marketing function for public power systems. All Association members who work for a utility, state association or joint action agency are welcome to attend this free event.

Who can attend?

All Association members who work for a utility, state association or joint action agency are welcome to attend this free event.

Where will the event take place?

The Public Communications Spring Issues Roundtable will be virtual this year.

Can I join the meeting in person?

No, this year's roundtable will be all-virtual. Contact [email protected] for details.

How much does it cost?

The event is free for Association members who work for a utility, state association or joint action agency.

How do I RSVP?

Send an email with your name, title and contact information to [email protected].

What will be discussed at the meeting?

Click on the “Agenda” tap above for more information.

Where can I find out more information?

Email us at [email protected].