Utility University

Utility University


Did you attend Utility University 2021?

Baker Tilly subject matter specialists presented a complimentary webinar series to explore hot topics affecting utilities. Attendees had the opportunity to sharpen their skills, share solutions and learn from industry and technical specialists, while receiving vital information to maximize operations and performance. All of the webinars are now available on demand! Click the topics within the agenda below to watch the webinar recordings or view the presentations.

2021 agenda

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 provides 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 dives 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 focuses on Digital Centers of Excellence, including the concept, structure and a utility customer service organization example.

Putting “now, for tomorrow” into practice

Two topics that are affecting the workforce now and will continue to in the future are strategic planning and cybersecurity. This session dives 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

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 focuses on the various components of the Infrastructure Bill, discuss how funding can be used to enhance communities’ economic development goals and providing 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 makes up our audience for Utility University?

  • 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

What are the benefits of watching the webinars?

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

Utility University 2021 by the numbers


unique registrants