By: Jean barber, NRECA

CONNECT offers exceptional opportunities in education and information leading to new ideas, career advancement and results that both you and your co-op can immediately put to use. If you haven’t been, you are missing something special! CONNECT ’16, to be held at the Hilton Portland & Executive Towers on May 10 – 12, will offer the usual array of awesome keynote speakers and top-notch learning and networking sessions. Once again, we are offering the CCCs a chance to purchase a special tee shirt for $15. It’s a great way to identify yourself and others who have made this achievement. We’d love to wear them for our group photo at the opening reception.

One great perk of being a CCC is the significant discounts you can get for the pre-conference workshops! This year’s offerings include Adobe training, electric utility operations, co-op finances, technology tools and more!

We know you will love the fun vibe of Portland or perhaps want to extend your stay to explore the Pacific Northwest, so we adjusted the schedule to make things easier for your travels! The conference will open with an afternoon general session followed by the Spotlight on Excellence Celebration and Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening. This will be followed by 2 full days of spectacular breakout sessions, crowd-sourced roundtable discussion sessions and some fun learning formats that will keep you energized and engaged. The conference will end on Thursday evening with a bang – the Touchstone Energy reception. Stay up to date for the latest program information on the website: