Join us at the 2022 NMPP Energy Annual Conference!

Annual Conference 2022 graphicMarch 22-24, 2022
Cornhusker Marriott Hotel
Downtown Lincoln, Neb.

The conference is a great opportunity to join your peers and colleagues from the region to learn about today's issues facing municipalities in the areas of energy, economic development and much more.

Online registration opens January 17!

Click here to download the Annual Conference agenda

Keynote Speaker

Commander Mark NutschMark Nutsch speaker

Former Green Beret Commander Mark Nutsch will serve as the keynote
speaker at the 2022 NMPP Energy Annual Conference. Nutsch, who was portrayed by actor Chris Hemsworth in the major motion film “12 Strong”, will share lessons learned in the now-declassified saga of a U.S. Special Forces team that overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to help achieve a historic military victory. 

Following the attacks on 9/11, Nutsch led a 12-man team of U.S. Special Forces on a covert mission to Afghanistan where they captured the strategic city of Mazar-i-Sharif and successfully overthrew the Taliban. Now a consultant to Special Operations Command, Nutsch earned a Bronze Star with valor for his bravery.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Employee Recruitment and Retention

Employee Recruitment and Retention

In today’s competitive labor market, it is important for organizations to have a competitive strategy to assist with recruiting and retaining top talent and building culture. During this session we will cover several areas that are key to this process:

  • How a well-crafted strategy can assist your organization with recruitment and retention
  • Understanding today’s workforce statistics and predictions for the future
  • Setting the foundation for recruiting and retention – wages and benefits
  • Employees needs beyond pay and benefits
  • How culture impacts employee engagement and retention
  • A total rewards approach to employee retention
  • Best practices in recruiting – advertising to target your audience
  • Practical ideas for recruiting and retaining skilled labor

Participants will leave the sessions with an understanding of our current and future labor markets and practical ideas for recruiting and retaining skilled labor.

Session conducted by:

  • Samantha Parker, manager of human resources and support services, NMPP Energy
  • Sarah Jones, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, director of enterprise business support, NMPP Energy

Conference Session Topics

  • Annexation Advantages and Pitfalls for Utilities (panel discussion)
  • Overview of the Current Natural Gas Market
  • What the Coming Growth of Electric Vehicles Means for Small Public Power Utilities
  • Maintaining Appropriate Utility Rate Structures and Future Trends
  • NMPP Mutual Aid/AMI/Utility Sharing Services Overview
  • Emergency Backup Generation/Fuel Testing Program
  • State Energy Issues Panel Discussion

Conference Agenda

Annual Conference Award Applications

Each year, the NMPP Energy organizations honor outstanding municipal projects and individuals by presenting awards at the NMPP Energy Annual Conference. Consider nominating a municipal/community project and/or an individual for one of the awards to be presented at the NMPP Energy Annual Conference March 22-24 in Lincoln. The three categories of awards are:

Bob Arraj Innovative Service Award (for NMPP member communities) -- recognizes an individual who demonstrates dedicated service and/or uses innovative technological changes in the utility industry. Click here to download award application.

Rudy Hultgren Dedicated Service Award (for MEAN member communities) -- awarded to an individual who displays commendable efforts in promoting public power and its ideals. Click here to download award application.

Project of the Year Award (for NMPP member communities) -- recognizes projects or programs that create a more cohesive community, whether it’s a project created for the whole community or one that makes it easier for city staff to serve customers. Click here to download award application.

For any questions about these awards, contact Carol Brehm at

Annual Conference Sponsorship Registration Form

Interested in becoming a sponsor the NMPP Energy Annual Conference? Click here to download the sponsorship registration form.