2019 NMPP Energy Annual Meeting and Conference

Connect, share and learn with community and utility leaders from across the Midwest!

March 26-28, 2019 • The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Lincoln, Neb.

Click here to download the conference brochure and registration form.

Pre-Conference Workshop:

Utility Infrastructure Rebuild from A to Z
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

This pre-conference workshop will walk participants through the process from planning through completion of a successful electric/water infrastructure rebuild.

Presenters will include representatives from firms specializing in engineering, utility supplies and infrastructure financing.

If you have questions or want to learn more about how to complete successful infrastructure projects, this workshop will have industry people in the room that can provide information.

More information will be coming!

Keynote Speakers

U.S. Navy Commander Kirk Lippold, USS Cole

"Leadership and Accountability When it Matters"
Commander Kirk Lippold was the commanding officer of the USS Cole when it was attacked by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen in 2001. Currently, Commander Lippold is president of Lippold Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in executive leadership development and crisis management. 


Steve Collier, director of Smart Grid Strategies at Milsoft Utility Solutions

"Trends and Developments in the Utility Industry"
The utility industry is experiencing significant change and evolution. Steve Collier will discuss these changes and how it relates to today’s utilities. He serves as Milsoft’s resident smart grid expert and industry thought leader, writing, speaking and consulting widely on issues, technologies and applications related to the development of a modern, intelligent electric power grid.


Learning Lab Topics

  • Fraud -- Trust is not an Internal Control, by Chris Lindner, BKD
    One of the most common pitfalls for organizations with limited resources is to place the majority of financial responsibility with one “trusted” individual. However, this arrangement can have negative ramifications if the necessary controls are not put in place. This presentation will detail real-world situations where fraud occurred as a result of this trusting relationship and look at ways smaller organizations can enhance their internal control environments in a cost-effective manner.
  • Infrastructure Asset Management (GIS) -- Why it Matters to You, by Joseph Heieck, gWorks
    “Infrastructure Asset Management” is bandied about a lot today, but what does it mean and what makes up successful asset management? First, look to understand what challenges and risks face municipalities and public utilities. Then learn what asset management is, what success looks like, and what the key elements are to a successful asset management program. We’ll use the City of Mount Ayr, Iowa, (population 1,700) as a case study to illustrate the benefits of an active Infrastructure Asset Management program.
  • Communicating the Value of Municipal Utilities, by Meena Dayak, American Public Power Association
    As competition evolves in new and different forms, it’s more important than ever before to convey the distinctive value of your municipal utility to multiple stakeholders. This is not just up to the communications or customer service person on staff. Everyone — including the mayor, city council members, and general manager — plays a critical role in communicating to preserve the utility business model. Several easy, low-cost outreach initiatives can help you build community trust and goodwill. Learn how utilities like yours are engaging audiences through social media, community involvement, and key partnerships. Leverage the American Public Power Association’s expertise and resources to help you raise your profile in the community and engage every citizen.
  • Franchise Documents/Community Agreements, by Bob Duchen, River Oaks Communications
    The world of telecommunications continues to evolve at a dizzying pace. Where cable companies once provided cable TV service, phone companies provided telephone service and cellular companies provide mobile service, the lines have blurred from a technological and regulatory standpoint. This can be overwhelming, especially for smaller rural communities.  This presentation will share practical advice and guidance in navigating this evolving environment.

State Issues Panel Discussion

Learn what is happening in the energy industry and on the legislative front from representatives in Colorado, Iowa and Nebraska.

And more...

  • NMPP Members Council
  • Awards Banquet
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Sponsors Recognition


Group discount rate at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel is $90+tax. Cut-off date for the group discount is March 12. Group name: NMPP 2019 Annual Meeting. Group Code: MPP.

TO BOOK A ROOM: Click here to book a room at the $90 group discount rate. You can also call 1-888-236-2427 to make your reservation.

More information

Contact Laurie Keiser by email or phone: (800) 234-2595 ext. 204.

Sponsorship Registration

To register to be a sponsor for the NMPP Annual Conference, click here to complete the registration form. For sponsorship information, contact Mandy Hansen at (800) 234-2595 or ahansen@nmppenergy.org.