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When: February 18, 2019
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Where: InterContinental Hotel
11 E. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101
United States
Contact: Gayle Karol, Marketing & Event Coordinator

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MREA 2019 Annual Meeting pre-conference:
Deep Dive Learning Sessions
February 18, 2019 (M)
InterContinental Hotel, St. Paul

9:00 to 11:30:     Deep Dive #1: Easements (details coming soon)

11:30 to 1:00      Lunch (included)

1:00 to 3:30:       Deep Dive #2: Broadband (details coming soon)


Other Pre-conference session:

NRECA BLC 975.1 Capital Credits Issues and Decisions, Monday, February 18




If you choose to attend both sessions, the cost is $189 (includes lunch)
If you choose a single session for $115 (includes lunch) 

(4:00 to 6:00 Cooperative Network Electric Sector Meeting will be held)


Course Descriptions
Electric cooperatives in Minnesota and across the country are planning for investments to replace aging infrastructure, upgrade technologies, add capabilities and services, and effectively manage right-of-way in an evolving environment. Strong property easements are critical in supporting these efforts and protecting your cooperative.

Join us for an in-depth discussion of easements with attorney Jeffery Dobberpuhl to better understand what they are, how they are used, best practices, the legal implications of weak easements, and suggestions for the future. A general understanding of your cooperative’s easement language and practices may be helpful, and you are encouraged to bring your questions.

INSTRUCTOR Jeffery A. Dobberpuhl, Vice President ATGF, Inc. is a practicing attorney who has served rural electric cooperatives for over 28 years. He has lectured for NRECA on the national level on the subject of easements and legal fundamentals. He is also a presenter at the MIP program in Madison, WI. He has been a regular speaker at the statewide attorney seminars. Currently, he also acts as vice president for Attorneys Title Guaranty Fund Inc.


Several of Minnesota’s electric cooperatives have, or are, deploying broadband to their members. As more funding opportunities and partnership models evolve, what early steps could your cooperative take to ensure you are prepared to capitalize on new opportunities?

Join us for an interactive conversation of this similar, but different, industry with Joe Buttweiler to understand the value of broadband for your cooperative. The session will include discussion on identifying, and separating, fact vs. fiction; evaluating the value and risks of entering the broadband business; and reviewing broadband projects and partnerships. Themes highlighted throughout the session include financing, technology options, utility benefits and risk mitigation.


INSTRUCTOR Joe Buttweiler is the partnership development manager at CTC headquartered in Brainerd, MN. Joe uses his 15 years of experience working for electric utilities to assist public sector organizations, utilities, and telecommunications companies to provide or partner to provide broadband solutions. Having established two of the most well-known and successful electric-telco partnerships right here in Minnesota, CTC is considered a premier resource for utilities and public sector organizations interested in deploying Broadband. CTC consults with companies across the United States to help them deploy or structure partnerships to deploy broadband networks. Joe studied GIS at Bemidji State University and holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.

Who Should Attend
Directors, CEOs, employees


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