Representation of municipal utilities in state and federal government is a key service of MEUW. Advocacy efforts include meeting with state legislators and members of the executive branch of government, reviewing legislation and rules, testifying before legislative committees and negotiating contracts. We help our members succeed in an evolving policy environment and work to ensure that future policies support the needs of the industry.
Workplace safety is vitally important to municipal utilities. MEUW is committed to providing professional safety instruction and education. Over 100 communities belong to MEUWs safety services, all working to provide a safe working environment. And, in the true spirit of cooperation, MEUW members are invited to participate in the associations mutual aid program providing disaster assistance to any member community in need of emergency support.
The Oct. 7 Management Training Program: Session C covered the topic of utility management and risk management. There were a total of 38 attendees at the seminar, representing 19 member utilities.
Strategy is critical in the utility industry as it faces ongoing changes and challenges related to competition, technology, regulation and customer demands. Presenters Dave Krause and Linda Pophal reviewed risk identification in the utility industry and provided a 7-step process for strategically planning how to manage those risks. The seminar also took a specific look at project planning including a review of critical rules and regulations, a discussion of professional services selection and what makes an effective RFP. Key items attendees took away from the seminar included being able to recognize the risks that utilities face, knowing the seven steps of an effective strategic planning process and the essentials of project planning.
There were a total of nine graduates recognized this session for completing all six sessions of the Management Training Program. Congratulations to the following graduates: Amy Brick, Kaukauna Utilities; Casey Engebretson, Black River Falls Municipal Utility; Erin Goldade, Stoughton Utilities; John McLain, Stoughton Utilities; Paul Raab, Reedsburg Utility Commission; John Richmond, Marshfield Utilities; Brett Schuppner, Reedsburg Utility Commission; and Nicolas Whipple, Marshfield Utilities.
The MEUW Management Training Program consists of six sessions and has been a successful effort in providing education to create “home grown” management personnel. This program is designed for both existing management and future management prospects offering relevant and engaging sessions. Participants may start at any point in the six-session (A-F) program, which is scheduled over a two-year period. MEUW will recognize those who complete the program. Click here for more information on the program.