Utility University

Utility University

October 2021

Utility University is back for 2021!

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Join us for the complimentary webinar series in October to explore hot topics affecting utilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills, share solutions and learn from industry and technical specialists, while receiving vital information to maximize operations and performance.

Accounting updates – new standards

Understanding statements issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) for future implementations and projects is vital for those engaged in the financial management of governmental utilities. This session will provide an overview of GASB standards from the lens of a governmental utility and focus on GASB 87, Leases.

Technology transformation

Now more than ever, it is important to understand the way technology influences your future state and how to prepare your utility for the impact it will bring. This session will dive into Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, including how these systems can simplify and automate many aspects of daily life and where bias can impact these systems. Then, it will dive into Digital Centers of Excellence, including the concept, structure and a utility customer service organization example.

Putting “now, for tomorrow” into practice

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2 – 4 p.m. CST

Two topics that are affecting the workforce now and will continue to in the future are strategic planning and cybersecurity. This session will dive into both topics providing insight into the fundamentals of strategic planning, roadmaps for success, the latest cybersecurity threats, mitigation strategies and more!

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is currently making its way through Congress. The $1 trillion plan was passed by the United States Senate on August 10th and includes $550 billion in new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over the next five years. This session will dive into the various components of the Infrastructure Bill, discuss how funding can be used to enhance communities’ economic development goals and provide examples of how the dollars allocated to states can be used for utilities, sewers and power and utility systems.

"Very informative and well done. I appreciated the examples and commentary following each session."
2020 Utility University attendee

Who should attend?

  • Financial and management professionals
  • Chief financial officers, finance directors, comptrollers and accountants
  • Chief executive officers, general managers and assistant general managers
  • Clerks and treasurers
  • City administrators, managers and assistants
  • Vice presidents and directors of operations
  • Management analysts and assistants
  • Members of governing bodies including board members and other elected officials
  • Public works and utilities superintendents, administrators, directors and managers

Why should you attend?

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest topics and trends affecting municipal utilities and public utility districts
  • Gain knowledge from informative general sessions
  • Earn continuing education credit
  • Return to your community inspired with ideas and practices you can start implementing immediately

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Information about CPE eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this event (Utility University) and advance preparation is not required. There is no cost to attend this event.

Level:  Basic

CPE credit:  Seven (7) hours total credit

Field of study:  Accounting (Governmental)(GAS80/24), Specialized Knowledge, Business Management & Organization

A certificate of completion will be emailed to you four to six weeks following the event. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund policies, please email [email protected]

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Baker Tilly US, LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.