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Thursday, November 9, 2023

2023 WECA Annual Meeting

Start Date: 11/8/2023 1:00 PM CST
End Date: 11/9/2023 1:00 PM CST

Venue Name: Florian Gardens Conference Center

2340 Lorch Ave
Eau Claire, WI  United States  54701

Organization Name: Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association

Wendy Fassbind
Email: wendy@weca.coop
Phone: (608) 467-4589

Main Hotel Block
Metropolis Hotel (next door to Florian)
5150 Fairview Drive
Eau Claire, WI
Room Block Name: WECA Annual Meeting 2023
Group Block Code: WECA
Room Block Rates:  $109 or $119 + tax/night
Expiration Date: October 6, 2023
Booking Link:  https://bit.ly/2023WECA-AM-Metropolis

Overflow Hotel
Holiday Inn South (easy 8 minute drive)
4751 Owen Ayres Court
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(608) 830-9889
Room Block Name: Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
Group Block Code: WEC
Room Block Rates:  $124 + tax/night for Double Queen room
Expiration Date: October 6, 2023
Booking Link:  https://bit.ly/2023WECA

WECA Annual Meeting is scheduled for November 8-9, 2023. Below is the tentative program layout.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
9 a.m.              Registration (available all morning)
9 a.m.              WECA Board Meeting and Audit Review
12:15 p.m.       FYF Annual Meeting
1 p.m.              WECA Business Meeting
                          Call to Order
                          Introductions of WECA Board
                          Credentials Report, Minutes, & Annual Meeting Notice
                          Secretary/Treasurer’s Report
                          Chairman’s Report 
1:30 p.m.         Connecting Energy Policy and National Security, and Why One Cannot Exist Without the Other
Dr. David Gattie, associate professor of engineering, University of Georgia, and senior fellow, University of Georgia Center for International Trade and Security
2:30 p.m.         Break
2:45 p.m.         NRECA Election  
3:15 p.m.         Self-Administered CPR 
Reed “Roller” Barrett, Captain, United States Air Force
4 p.m.              Break & Check into Your Hotel (Metropolis Resort or Holiday Inn South)
5–6:15 p.m.     Reception at Florian Gardens
Reception is Sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron P.A.
6:15 p.m.         Dinner & Awards Banquet
Thursday, November 9, 2023
7 a.m.              Breakfast Buffet
8 a.m.              President & CEO’s Report
                        Year in Review Video
                        Youth Tour and Youth Leadership Congress (YLC) Preview Video
8:45 a.m.         Federated Group Retention Report
Keith Johnson, account executive, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange
9 a.m.              The Sausage Making of Policy, Politics, and PACS: An Open Discussion with Your Lobbyists
Jennifer Shilling, government relations manager, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Rob Richard, director, government relations, Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
9:30 a.m.         Break
9:45 a.m.         Bringing Electricity to the Navajo Nation: A Wisconsin Connection
Walter W. Haase, general manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
Jarrett Brow, lineman, Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative
Alex Lutz, apprentice lineman, Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative
Kevin Kurtzweil, vice president of operations, Central Wisconsin Electric Cooperative
American Public Power Association (invited)
Moderator: Julie Lund, director of news and communication, Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association
11 a.m.            Break
11:15 a.m.       Is Rural Wisconsin Ready for the Broadband Boom?
Carah Koch, federal program officer (WI), Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth (OICG), National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Alyssa Kenney, Wisconsin broadband and digital equity director, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
12 p.m.            Closing Business Session
Director Awards
Seating of 2023 Board of Directors
12:10 p.m.       Adjourn WECA Annual Meeting
12:15 p.m.       WECA Reorganizational Meeting (to be held immediately following annual meeting)

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