New Leadership Development Track at Nation's Oldest Utility Operations Conference

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Midwest Energy Association (MEA) adds a leadership development track to the annual gas operations conference in Ames, IA. The sessions are part of MEA's efforts to assist the industry with its serious workforce development challenges.

Midwest Energy Association (MEA) announced today that they have added a Leadership Development training track to help new and developing crew leaders, supervisors and managers enhance their management skills. The sessions are part of MEA's efforts to assist the industry with its serious workforce development challenges. With some utilities facing 30% or more retirements in the next 5 years, they want both the traditional technical sessions offered at the gas and electric conferences and Leadership Development. The new leadership training covers a range of soft skill topics including Workplace Relations, Contractor Alliances, Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Presence.

The operations conference is the largest and oldest utility operations conference in the U.S. It has been held annually for over 85 years, in Ames, IA.

There are over 50 electric and 50 gas technical classes schedule for field personnel. Overall, the conference provides solutions and ideas to reduce operating costs, increase productivity and enhance worker and customer safety. The focus is on front-line operations personnel: gas and electric crews, foremen, team leads, supervisors, managers, and directors.

For more information regarding:

  •     The electric sessions (July 30-August 1, 2007) contact John Gann at (952) 832-9915 x105
  •     The gas sessions (August 1 - 3, 2007) contact Stephanie Menning at (952) 832-9915 x114
  •     Or visit http://www.midwestenergy.org

Midwest Energy Association is a 15-state regional trade association serving the natural gas and electric utility industry. Our mission is to make utility distribution safer and more efficient. We do this by providing programs and services for the industry. We are your "Partners in Excellence, Committed to Results."

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