CONNECT is the place to find answers!

At THE annual conference for co-op communication, marketing and member service professionals, you’ll find unparalleled learning opportunities through intensive pre-conference workshops, interactive breakouts, and informative, inspiring general sessions.

eturn to your co-op better prepared to navigate complex issues of fast changing and unexpected landscapes, new technologies, cybersecurity, legislative and regulatory changes, emerging consumer expectations and a marketplace where cooperatives must position themselves to be a trusted energy resource.

CONNECT is Proud to Support the 7th Cooperative Principle: Concern for Community

Donations will be collected onsite at CONNECT for the Salt Lake City Fisher House.

Registration Fees

Conference registration fee includes access to all conference materials, general sessions, breakout sessions, breakfast each morning, and the Welcome and Touchstone receptions. Pre-conference workshops require registration and fee.

First/Individual Member Registrant


ValuePak: 2nd + Registrant/Same Member Co-op
Statewide Employees$450
One Day Registration$450
One Day Non-member Registration$550


For planning purposes, we ask that you please indicate your intent to attend the receptions when you register for the conference

Welcome Reception: Tuesday, May 8 from 5 - 7 PM


Touchstone Energy Reception at The Leonardo: Thursday, May 10
from 6 - 9 PM


Guest ticket for Touchstone Energy Reception at The Leonardo
(Note: tickets are non-refundable. Fee for tickets purchased onsite is $30. You must be 21 and over to attend.)


Pre-Conference Workshops Fees
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (9 AM - 1 PM)

Lunch is not included. Class sizes are limited to enhance the learning experience.

How to be an Adobe Superhero - SOLD OUT

CCC/CKAE Members



Unleash Your Co-op's Inner Strength with Internal Communication - SOLD OUT
CCC/CKAE Members
From Mic to Megaphone: Media Training for Co-op Communicators
CCC/CKAE Members
Take to the Sky: Help Your Marketing Strategy Take Flight with Drones
Presented by Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives
Touchstone Energy Members

Electric Vehicles: Coming Soon to a Co-op Near You
Presented by Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives
Touchstone Energy Members

Special Pre-Con Feature: The Drive to CONNECT EVent
Drivers across the country are taking an extended journey to CONNECT by driving their co-ops’ electric vehicles (EVs) cross country to Salt Lake City, UT. Their mission is to make it to CONNECT in time for this pre-conference workshop so they can share their stories from the road, provide information on their co-ops’ EV programs and discuss their thoughts about electric transportation and infrastructure.

Key Accounts Master Course
Presented by Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives

Touchstone Energy Members



CONNECT Alumni Recap

“It’s a good conference with timely topics where you learn pertinent, useful and effective information – delivered in a fun way – while having many opportunities to network and connect with your colleagues.”

Kevin Dreibelbis, Marketing & Public Relations Director, Noble REMC/LaGrange County REMC

“This is a great conference for multiple areas within the co-op. If you do go, try to bring a couple of people and split up during the breakouts or you will miss some great information.”

Derek Blankenship, Energy Services Representative, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative

“I often tell my peers that CONNECT is the best conference I attend each year. This is a really great time to learn new tricks of the trade while hearing motivational speakers and engaging peers from other cooperatives.”

Catherine O’Dell, Vice President of Member Services & PR, South River EMC

“CONNECT is the “go-to” meeting for communications & member relations staff. With so many like-minded people in one space, it’s easy to build relationships, harvest ideas and re-energize. I came back to work ready to hit the ground running!”

Erin Huntimer, Community Relations, Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Source: 2017 CONNECT Conference Evaluations

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Highlights from CONNECT 2017.

Hotel & Travel

Hotel Reservations

Online hotel reservations are strongly encouraged. Reservations via fax and/or mail will not be processed until meeting registrations have been confirmed. Hotel reservations secured via fax or mail may take up to 2 weeks for processing.

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Known for the stunning backdrop afforded by the towering Wasatch Mountains – and the endless opportunities for outdoor recreation they provide – Salt Lake offers visitors a uniquely vibrant and dynamic urban experience.
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Information on taxis, shuttles, and ADA accessible transportation options from the airport to the hotel are available here.

Additional airport information can be found on The Grand America Hotel amenities site.
Taxi Fare: Approximately $20 (one-way)

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Salt Lake City Attractions

Tour the City by Pedicab

If you have extra time in Salt Lake City, check out the sights by way of pedicab. Tours and rides are available day and night.

Great Salt Lake

Approximately 1,700 square miles, the Great Salt Lake is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi River. There are many hiking trails, picnic areas, boating, and fishing opportunities here, too.

This is the Place Heritage Park

Take a trip back in time and see what Utah was like when the pioneers settled here. Check out Heritage Village, featuring cabins, farmhouses, barns, chapels, and more. Experience Native American life at the Native American Village, or take a train ride around the park, which circles the natural-spring-fed pond.

Utah Olympic Park

Visit Utah Olympic Park in Park City, just 20 minutes from Salt Lake City. The host venue of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the park continues to be a major training site for current and prospective Olympians. Park City is also a great place for foodies, with a diverse culinary scene.

Temple Square

Temple Square's three-block plaza is anchored by the towering Salt Lake Temple, headquarters of the Mormon Church, which rises an impressive 210 feet over the square. Other fascinating buildings here include the expansive Tabernacle and the Gothic-style Assembly Hall.

National and State Parks

If you extend your stay in Utah, take advantage of one of the 60+ national and state parks just a few hours away from Salt Lake City.

See what else Salt Lake City has to offer.