Connections Summit 2023 is in the Books!


March 7-9, close to 250 attendees gathered in Cary, North Carolina, for Connections Summit 2023 to discuss, share, learn, and problem-solve together.

With a focus on how technology and the customer experience are driving the energy industry, insightful speakers and panelists tackled topics that impact the success of a public power utility’s business.

ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones spoke at the opening General Session

Connections Summit Chair Ed Miller served as emcee and kept the conference moving.

Ed is the General Manager of New River Light & Power, and he serves on the ElectriCities Board of Directors.

Welcoming everyone to the conference, Ed acknowledged the board members in the room, as well as their work last year creating the strategic plan for public power in our region.

He told summit attendees, “These folks are representing you.” He encouraged attendees to talk with board members—to “share ideas, concerns, thoughts about the direction we’re moving in and the steps we’re taking.”

ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones gave the opening keynote address. He reminded us of the strategic plan’s vision, purpose, values, and priorities. And he shared good news about the state of public power in our region. “We have a tremendous story to tell, and it’s getting better and better,” he said.

Closing out the conference, Connections Summit Vice Chair Janelle Rockett added to that. “Our story isn’t just for our customers,” she said. “It’s also for our elected officials, our city council members, our county commissioners, and any other community partners we engage with on a daily basis.”

Panel discussion on attracting workforce talent. Panelists, left to right: ElectriCities VP of Human Resources Melissa Miranda, Gastonia Public Utilities Director Joe Albright, Albemarle Human Resources Director Dana Cherry, Laurinburg City Manager Charles Nichols

For more conference highlights, search for #ECConnect23 on our social media channels.

A big thank you to everyone who helped make Connections Summit 2023 a success.

If you attended, please take time to share your takeaways with your team. If you couldn’t make it, connect with someone who did. We hope to see you at next year’s Connections Summit or at our upcoming Annual Conference.

Starting on March 17, you can find slides from publicly shareable Connections Summit 2023 presentations here.

Mark your calendar now for the ElectriCities 2023 Annual Conference scheduled for August 14-16 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.