Legislative Rally

Pre-Rally Seminars

Taking Care of Business: Governing for Success

Monday, February 25 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Recommended CEUs .6 / PDHs 6 / CPEs 7

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Whether you’re new to your role on a public power utility board, commission, or city council, or have been there for some time, this in-depth seminar will give you new perspectives on effective leadership and governance. Learn about the duties, responsibilities, and legal obligations of a governing body member, as well as standard governance structures and processes. Discuss a range of fundamental and contemporary policy issues that boards are expected to address. Explore current industry issues, such as the growth of distributed energy resources, shaping utility rates and business strategies to ensure financial viability, and new workforce and customer demographics. Learn about the board’s role in making policy decisions about business strategies and current industry issues. Discover how high-performing boards lead and review examples of policy deliberation, documentation, monitoring, and review.

Executive managers and staff who interact with utility boards or councils will also benefit from understanding the effective governance principles presented in this program.


  • R. John Miner, President, Collaborative Learning, Inc., Austin, Texas


New Threats in Privatization and Public Power's Response

Monday, February 25 | 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8

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Sellout discussions are on the rise but, in addition to the typical buyer (an investor-owned or cooperative utility), new entrants such as private equity firms, public pension plans, and other institutional investors, are approaching public power utilities with buyout offers. These buyers—as well as banks, law firms, and infrastructure construction and management firms—that would profit from such transactions, are pushing new laws to tip the scales in favor of privatization. Learn more about these new entrants, hear about privatization activities underway, learn about what lawmakers in Washington are considering, and what your utility can do to address these efforts.


  • Emily Brock, Director, Government Finance Officers Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Terry Huval, Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Chris Lover, Managing Director, Public Financial Management, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Mike Mace, Managing Director, Public Financial Management, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina


Small Cell Wireless Pole Attachments Issues: Update on Developments Impacting Public Power Utilities

Monday, February 25 | 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Recommended CEUs .3 / PDHs 3.25 / CPEs 3.8

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted sweeping regulatory changes to remove (what it claims to be) state and local barriers to the rapid deployment of next generation 5G small cell wireless broadband. The new rules would, for the first time, subject public power utility poles and other facilities to federal regulation of rates, terms, and conditions. At the same time, many states have adopted new wireless siting requirements and Congress has introduced legislation that would further restrict local government and public power control over utility infrastructure.

Course Topics

  • Facts and myths about 5G and other small cell wireless deployment issues
  • Latest developments at the FCC, Congress, and the states and their impact on public power
  • Responses by APPA and other representatives of state and local governments in the courts, at the FCC, and before Congress


  • Jim Baller, President, Baller Stokes & LIde, Washington, D.C.
  • Sean Stokes, Principal, Baller Stokes & Lide, Washington, D.C.
  • Joanne Hovis, President, CTC Technology & Energy, Kensington, MD