Special Events

Make the most of your time at the conference with these special conference events, designed to help you make connections and grow your network.

Public Power Day of Giving
Friday, June 16
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join volunteers from around the country at this annual service project. Work with local organizations to help worthy causes. All conference participants and guests are welcome to participate. Learn more about the Day of Giving and volunteer

Women in Public Power Reception
Sunday, June 18
5 – 6 p.m.

Join the most powerful gathering of women leaders, policymakers, and innovators shaping public power for drinks, networking, and thought leadership. Make connections, share stories, and ignite conversations.

The Power of Membership
Sunday, June 18
5:30 - 6 p.m.

Come discover how the American Public Power Association can go to work for you. Find out about Association resources, and get tips on how you can leverage them to make your job easier. Ask questions, get answers, and share your ideas on what APPA can do to help you succeed.

Welcome Reception
Sunday, June 18
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks while you reconnect with old friends, meet new people and network with the nation's public power leaders. All conference participants and guests are welcome to attend.

New Conference Mentor Program
If you're a first-time attendee, or the only one from your organization, pair up with a seasoned conference-goer who'll show you the ropes. Your mentor will meet you at the Welcome Reception and stay in touch with you throughout the conference.

Need a conference mentor or want to serve as one? Check the box on the registration form (under "Extra events," next to the preconference seminars), email EducationInfo@PublicPower.org, or call 202-467-2965.


Guest Hospitality Event: Canvases and Comradery
Monday, June 19
9:30 – 11 a.m.

Spend a relaxing morning with friends and channel your inner artist. Grab a bite with one hand and a paintbrush with the other. Professional instructors will guide you through the steps of recreating a featured painting to make your own masterpieces while enjoying the company of friends and a few prizes. All you need to bring is your creativity; we’ll provide a light breakfast and all the supplies.

Open only to registered guests.

Young Professionals Happy Hour
Monday, June 19
6 p.m.

Meet up with other young professionals from public power utilities, affiliates and partner organizations at a relaxing, fun, pay-your-own-way happy hour. Share a drink and plan the future.

Public Power Expo
Monday, June 19 - Tuesday, June 20

One of the highlights of the National Conference, the Public Power Expo brings 100+ industry suppliers under one roof to showcase products and services. Visit the interactive expo floor plan to start learning about exhibitors and plan your visit.

  • Monday, June 19
    Public Power Expo Open
    1:30 - 4 p.m.

    Expo Grand Reception
    4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 20
    Public Power Expo Open
    10 a.m. – Noon

    Expo Closing Luncheon
    Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Concert & Connections Reception
Tuesday, June 20
8 - 10 p.m.

Refresh, recharge, and enjoy great music with your friends and peers at this new reception. Get your complimentary drink tickets at the door, bring your song requests, and prepare to kick up your heels.

Chair's Breakfast
Wednesday, June 21
8 a.m.

The final event of the National Conference is the Chair's Breakfast, featuring the installation of the new chair of the American Public Power Association. The breakfast will conclude with a keynote address by Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (ret.), former Commander of the USS Cole.