National Conference

Connect with partners and peers while learning about the complex issues facing public power utilities.
June 15 - 20, 2018
New Orleans, Louisiana

Find Your Community

Connect with your peer group at public power’s largest annual gathering to share and grow together.

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

Register now!

Conference Mentor Program
Sign Up to Connect

Need help navigating the conference as a first-timer? Want someone to compare notes with because you’re the only one from your organization attending? Eager to share your knowledge and experience as a long-time conference attendee?

Sign up for the new conference mentor program. We’ll pair up new attendees with seasoned conference-goers. You’ll meet up at the Welcome Reception and stay in touch throughout the conference.

Ask for a conference mentor or volunteer to serve as one — check the box when you register (under "Extra events," next to the preconference seminars), email [email protected], or call 202-467-2965.

Critical Insights

Get critical information and insights on the key issues you're facing:

  • Change and crisis leadership
  • Legislation and policy changes
  • Innovation and new technologies
  • Reliability and security
  • Workforce challenges
  • Connecting with your community

More information

Registration Information:
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

Hotel Information:
Phone: 202-467-2941; Fax: 202-495-7505; Email: [email protected]

Program/Content Information:
Phone: 202-467-2919; Email: [email protected]

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

Day of Giving Schedule

Here is the rough schedule of the Day of Giving for volunteers:

  • 7 a.m. - Volunteers meet at the convention center for a light breakfast & announcements. Volunteers will then organize into their work groups and load buses.
  • 8 a.m. - Buses will take the work groups to the site of their project. At the project site, each group will receive their work assignments and instructions, and will begin work. Drinking water, snacks, and necessary tools will all be provided.
  • Noon (approx.) - Lunch break (boxed lunches will be delivered to the work sites)
  • 3 p.m. - Work ends; Volunteers clean up, and load buses to return to the Orlando World Center.
  • 4 p.m.(at the latest) - Volunteers are back at the hotel.
  • 5 p.m. - Reception for volunteers at the hotel.

Information for Volunteers

Who can volunteer?
Anyone! Conference attendees, guests, expo participants, or anyone else who is able are all encouraged to participate in the Public Power Day of Giving. Bring your spouse, children, friends… all are welcome! Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Some projects may have age restrictions).

What if I don’t have any skills or experience?
That’s not a problem – most of the work opportunities don’t require any particular skill sets, and on-site training will be provided. All you need is a desire to help.

Do I need to bring my own tools?
No; all of the tools you will need at the work site, so you don't need to worry about bringing your tools with you on the plane (unless you really want to).

Who will I work with?
APPA will work with the volunteer projects to assign working groups based on your skills and any special requirements. We will keep you together with your guests, but getting to know new people you may not otherwise meet at the conference is one of the great benefits of participating in the Day of Giving.

What about meals and drinking water?
APPA will have plenty of water available at the work sites, and a lunch will be provided. A light breakfast will be provided Friday morning before the buses depart for the work sites.

Contact Ana Mejia (202.467.2976; [email protected]) for more information about the Day of Giving.

Become a Partner

Become a Day of Giving Partner and help support the Public Power Day of Giving.

How You Can Help
APPA is seeking partners to defray the costs associated with the Public Power Day of Giving, including bus transportation to and from the work sites, food, and water.

Companies who support this event with a contribution of $1,000 receive the following benefits:

  • Logo with hyperlink on the Public Power Day of Giving page on
  • Logo on volunteer t-shirts
  • Logo on the Public Power Day of Giving sign at the registration desk at the APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo
  • Logo in PowerPoint presentation during a general session
  • Logo in the conference on-site program
  • Sponsor ribbon on your representatives’ nametags during the APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo

Contact Pamela Cowen (202.467.2903; [email protected]) for more information about becoming a Day of Giving Partner. Partners must confirm their support by April 27, 2018, to receive all sponsor benefits.

Check back here for information on the 2018 Day of Giving.