Next week is Public Power Week 2021: We encourage all member utilities to use the annual Public Power Week — to be celebrated Oct. 3 to 9 this year — as a chance to remind your customers that they are part of something special. MEUW has prepared graphics and sample social media posts you can customize and use in your community. You can find the materials here, along with a link to other resources available from APPA.
And, as always, we’d like to share photos and news about how you celebrated Public Power Week with your community. Please send pics and details to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include it in a future edition of Live Lines.
Retreat is unique opportunity for municipal utility leaders to connect: MEUW is holding a two-day event to bring together those who are “in charge” of their community’s electric utility operations. The goal is to build connections, share leading practices, and help to strengthen public power. The program is packed with discussions on important topics like leadership, safety, and regulatory compliance. The gathering is Oct. 12 and 13 at the Lodge At Mauston; full details are here. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Oct. 8.
Sign up now for next month’s Management Training Program session: Utility planning and risk management are the subjects of the next session in MEUW’s Management Training Program — scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Wisconsin Dells.
The day-long session will explore the foundation of successful leadership, including a deep dive into the dynamics of leadership and how individuals can develop their team members regardless of where they are on their professional paths. For more information or to register, click here.
As a reminder, MEUW’s Management Training Program provides education for existing managers, mid-level managers and those aspiring to management. Participants may start at any point in the six-session (A-F) program. MEUW provides recognition to all those who complete the program.
We’ve recently updated the long-term MEUW Calendar of Events with dates for workshops, seminars, and training sessions planned for 2022. To access the document, click here.
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Registration is now open for one-day Ropes and Rigging Safety Workshop: MEUW has scheduled two December dates for a one-day safety workshop focused on the fundamentals of overhead rigging and knot-tying and the use of knots, ropes, blocks and tackle in the performance of line work. The session includes classroom and hands-on training and is set for Tuesday, Dec. 7 in Fennimore and Thursday, Dec. 9 in Wausau. Additional information is available here. Visit the online Event Calendar to register.
Sign up to attend one-day chainsaw and tree-trimming workshop: MEUW is hosting a series of one-day workshops focusing on the maintenance and safe operation of chainsaws as well the basics of safe tree trimming. Two of the sessions are planned next week — in Fennimore on Tuesday, Oct. 5; Barron on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Additional sessions are set for Oct. 12, 13, 14, and 25.
Each workshop will be conducted by certified arborist David Vincent, and will take place at six different sites across the state. Training begins at 8:00 a.m. and wraps up by 3:00 p.m. daily; lunch is provided. Cost is $235 per person for MEUW members/communities. Space is limited to the first 30 registrants at each site. To learn more, click here.
Respond to our “Call for Presentations” at the January conference by Thursday: When municipal and cooperative utility employees gather for the 2022 Electric Operations Conference & Expo (formerly “Joint Sups”), they’ll have the chance to attend a variety of breakout sessions, and we’re offering member utilities and members of the Wisconsin Utility Suppliers Association (WUSA) a chance to submit ideas they can present to conference attendees. This is a unique opportunity to showcase a product or service and share new information and insights. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 30. Full details are here.