Community Engagement

APPA to host virtual Policy Makers Council meeting

The American Public Power Association on July 21 will host a Virtual Summer Meeting for its Policy Makers Council (PMC).

The PMC is comprised of elected or appointed officials on the governing bodies of public power communities. 

The PMC normally gathers twice a year in Washington, D.C., over three days and meets in person with elected representatives and congressional staff on issues critical to public power. Due to the COVID-pandemic, this summer’s PMC gathering will be a one-day virtual meeting.

Meeting participants will hear from Joy Ditto, APPA President and CEO, as well as David Alvey, Outgoing Chair, PMC, and mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City Kansas.

In addition, APPA government relations staff will provide a legislative update during the meeting.

PMC members are holding virtual meetings with congressional delegations this week in conjunction with the virtual PMC meeting.

In their outreach to congressional offices, PMC members will focus on COVID-19 related issues of interest to public power including direct aid to public power utilities, infrastructure, bond modernization, and climate change.

“The PMC plays a vital role in advocating for public power,” said Ditto. “While PMC members won’t be able to visit congressional offices on Capitol Hill due to the pandemic, they will make sure their voices are heard on a wide range of issues of importance to public power including the need for direct financial assistance due to COVID-19.”

Other business to be conducted at the meeting will include a vote to elevate Randy Smith, Commissioner, Chelan County PUD, Washington, as the new chair of the PMC.

The PMC has 45 members, which include elected or appointed officials on the governing bodies of public power communities.

Four members are appointed to the PMC from each of the 10 geographic regions.