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Vendor Registration Now Open For 2017 IAMU Broadband Conference

Posted By IAMU, Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The 2017 Broadband Conference will be Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at the same location as last year, the Holiday Inn and Suites on Merle Hay Road in Des Moines. Registration for vendors interested in an exhibit table or sponsorship is now open.
We’ve made some changes to the program that are sure to delight both attendees and participating vendors. Most importantly, all of the vendor tables will be in the same room this year rather than spread around several locations. That should vastly improve traffic flow and give all vendors a chance to be seen. Secondly, the vendor hospitality suites will all be on first floor guest suites adjacent to each other, meaning attendees won’t have to travel multiple floors to network with friends and vendors.
There are several marketing opportunities for companies that provide telecommunications products and services. Vendor tabletop exhibits are $350 for IAMU Associate Members and $550 for non-members.  There are also sponsorships available for meals, breaks, and the vendor reception on March 22nd.  For complete details and pricing, see the Vendor Exhibit Flyer on the IAMU website.  To register, please click here.

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Mary Ann Kinkade to Retire After Distinguished 24 Year Career With IAMU

Posted By IAMU, Monday, December 19, 2016

From Mary Ann Kinkade, IAMU Job Training & Safety Coordinator

It is time to express appreciation for the last 24 years and nine months of my life of service to the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities. My last day at IAMU will be January 3, 2017. I have loved my job, co-workers and IAMU members and will miss you all dearly. Leaving will not be entirely easy; however, I leave you in very good hands. IAMU is a great organization and is here to help all the Municipalities and Public Utilities in a variety of ways. I urge you to continue to attend IAMU workshops and safety classes.

My wonderful husband and I are moving south to a little warmer climate.  We are looking forward to fishing, golfing, doing a little traveling, and spending more time with our grandchildren.

Thank you all so much for allowing me to be a part of your lives.

Mary Ann Kinkade

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4th Annual Energy Conference Highlights the Future, Provides Practical Tips

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

From hearing the latest on regulatory issues and predictions about the future to getting advice on customer relations, IAMU’s 4th Annual Energy Conference, held Nov. 29 – 30 at Prairie Meadows Event Center, provided more than 60 attendees with valuable insight into how to provide their communities with the best, safest, most affordable energy solutions possible.

Public utilities play a crucial role in the nation’s livelihood. Those who provide services have an honor and responsibility, some of the presenters stressed.

“We are the lifeblood of our country,” Bert Kalisch, president and CEO of the American Public Gas Association, told attendees.

Here are just a few of the highlights from this year’s conference:

  • Third-Party Solar Generation: Communities may want to develop a standard interconnection application, develop interconnection policies and procedures, and offer a single point of contact for interested groups and customers.
  •  Public/Media Relations: Utilities should seek to inform and educate their communities about what utilities provide, what challenges they face, and what opportunities lie ahead. This means reaching out to local media to “tell your story.”
  •  Customer Relations: Utilities should gather feedback from their customers to understand their perceptions of the utilities, and what customers may want and need. Utilities can find out what’s on the minds of their customers by conducting surveys, holding focus groups, and providing channels (such as a designated email address and/or social media) for customers to share their comments, questions, and concerns. 

In addition to taking in the many informative presentations, attendees also were able to connect with more than 25 vendors and network with colleagues from across the state. Thanks to everyone who attended this year’s Energy Conference. See you all next year.


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2017 IAMU Business and Finance Conference - Save the Date!

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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See You at the 4th Annual Energy Conference

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, November 22, 2016

IAMU is gearing up for a packed three days of all things energy starting Monday, November 28. Conference attendees will learn the latest on what’s happening in the energy sector and have an opportunity to network, visit with vendors, and have some fun.

Here are just some of the highlights of what you can expect:

  • The conference kicks off with a preconference workshop “Planning for the Arrival of 3rd Party Distributed Generation,” from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday presented by Troy DeJoode, IAMU Executive Director. This session is open to IAMU Member Utility Personnel.

  • Then, for those attending the preconference workshop and others coming in Monday night, be sure to join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Executive Director Hospitality Suite, which opens at 6:30 p.m. The social is sponsored by Associate Member Iowa Wind and Solar.

  • The general conference starts at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with a welcome followed by an enlightening talk from the esteemed Dr. Ernie Goss of Creighton University. Dr. Goss will be speaking on “The Rural and Urban Economic Outlook: What are Bankers and Manufacturers Telling Us?”

  • After a day of taking in the various speakers and the information they’ll be presenting, you’ll want to attend the Exhibit Hall Reception and Poker Run for chance at winning some great prizes.

  •  Wednesday includes some more great speakers as well, including Sue Kelly from APPA and Bert Kalisch from APGA.

The preconference and conference will take place at The Prairie Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona. For questions, concerns, or more information, including how to register if you haven’t already, contact IAMU at (800) 810-4268 or by email at

You may also visit the Energy Conference page of the IAMU website for more details.

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