2019 AMM | Registration Details & Hotel Information

 

 

 

Now is the time to register for the Gas Authority’s 2019 Annual Membership Meeting!

We hope you have made your plans to join us in St. Simons Island for the upcoming 2019 Annual Membership Meeting.

We are excited about this year’s meeting program and our return to St. Simon’s Island, and we know you won’t want to miss it!  The King & Prince is a beautiful, historic, oceanside resort that has quickly become a preferred AMM destination for our Members, so we know that you will enjoy your stay on Georgia’s beautiful coast.

The AMM is one of our most important Member events, and it is a valuable opportunity for all our guests to come together and connect!  This meeting provides an opportunity for our Members and business partners to come together and share information about the operations of their natural gas system, participate in general sessions, and learn current and relevant information regarding the natural gas industry.

You can look forward to hearing about relevant and important topics from our speaking team, and while you’re there, you also have a great opportunity for networking with other industry professionals, the Board of Directors, and staff of the Gas Authority.


Meeting Registration

Registration is now closed for the 2019 AMM.  Please contact Rachel Reaid at 770-590-1000 or 678-819-0924 with questions.


Hotel Reservations

A group room block has been established for the meeting at the King & Prince Beach and Golf Resort.
You may call the resort directly at 800-342-0212 and let them know you’re attending the Gas Authority’s Annual Meeting, or you can access the Gas Authority’s group reservation link.

Group Room Rates:  $194 (Resort & Standard) | $214 (Ocean View & Partial View)
(The room rates do not include the $5.00 Georgia hotel fee or applicable taxes)

Hotel Reservation Cut-Off Date:  Wednesday, April 17th

Make your reservations today! It is not uncommon for the hotel to sell out during our meeting, so please don’t delay.

Resort Cancellation policy – All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.  A one night charge may be assessed for failure to show or for cancellation within 14 days prior to arrival.


UPDATE! April 11, 2019
The King & Prince is now sold out over our meeting dates, but reservation details do change daily, so please call and check on availability. You may want to put your name on the waiting list in case of cancellations.

**Overflow Hotel Options – There are several other hotel options on St. Simons Island, so please click here for more details.


Agenda Highlights

We have an exciting and power-packed agenda lined up for this year’s meeting, so take a look at the meeting agenda highlights to see the expert speakers and important topics that we are highlighting for this year’s meeting.  Our message is focused on Momentum – seizing the opportunities we have to help sustain our businesses and organizations while we continue to move forward with success.

In our general sessions, our speaking team will be discussing ways to help enhance your team dynamics and grow your natural gas system by inviting innovation and open-minded leadership. We’ll focus on ways to go past customer service to create customer experiences that can help set your business apart from the rest, and we will learn how we can equip ourselves to be champions for natural gas.  We will also hear about the real-life experiences of a U.S. Marine’s 13 hours and his story of what really happened in Benghazi. Our meeting will close with critical leadership principles that are essential to moving forward through adversity, building trust, and team cohesion.

2019 Speaker Line-Up

  • Jack Mackey – Creating a Customer Experience
  • Adeola Oduwole – Inviting Innovation: Open-Minded Leadership
  • Mark “Oz” Geist – 13 Hours: The Inside Story of Benghazi & Critical Leadership Principles
  • William Cantrell – Equipping You To Be A Natural Gas Champion

Download the agenda highlights here.

Come and join us…we look forward to seeing you there!


If you have any questions regarding the 2019 AMM, please contact Rachel Reaid at rreaid@gasauthority.com or at 678-819-0924.

EDGE Development — The Advantage Your Community Needs

Registration in now open!

Through the unique partnership of Electric Cities of Georgia, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the Municipal Gas Authority we bring to Georgia’s Energy Cities a new economic development and strategic planning concept to promote sustainable growth.  Review the program summary here.

The Edge Development program is designed specifically for the elected officials and staff of communities with enterprise operations, it provides the tools and support they need to lead prosperously. With an emphasis on strategy, industry and academic experts introduce a no-nonsense, customizable approach to improving a community’s quality of life through vision, planning and focused leadership. Learn more about the program at EdgeDevelopment.org.

 

Manufacturing Defends Natural Gas Industry

In a recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing in support of a Connecticut natural gas pipeline expansion project, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) organization filed comments that scrutinized the motives and means of anti-fossil fuels activists. Their filing encouraged regulatory authorities to consider the economic impact of natural gas, the need for more streamline permitting procedures and to approve this particular project.

The IECA represents manufacturing operations in the United States who stated “if we do not have sufficient deliverability capabilities to move natural gas to operate our facilities, we’ll have no choice but to relocate to other states or offshore.” The IECA represents leading manufacturing companies in diverse industries, including chemical, plastic, food processing, glass, pharmaceuticals, building products, and other products employing more than 1.6 million people in the US.

The filing urged the FERC to dismiss the “Keep it in the Ground” activists’ claims because they do not represent the will or needs of energy consumers. According to FERC documents, “These activists do not represent consumers in the state and they are not accountable for millions of employees who work in our factories in order to sustain their families and lifestyles. They represent an ideology that is not realistic when it comes to commerce or the wellbeing and safety of consumers who need the natural gas from this pipeline to heat their homes. For the record, IECA and its member companies support cost-effective production of renewable energy and its many environmental benefits. However, renewable energy is not a viable alternative to replace natural gas in manufacturing.”

“Manufacturing companies cannot operate facilities on electricity alone, whether it is produced from renewable energy, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, or coal. Our equipment will only operate on natural gas. And, natural gas on a Btu basis costs substantially less than a Btu of electricity. This is important because manufacturers compete globally and the competition is very tough. Business orders can be won or lost based on pennies on the dollar. If costs are not kept low, our products will be displaced by foreign imports. Due to technical limitations of manufacturers, if we were forced to stop using natural gas, we would have no choice but to shut down.”

The filing goes on to urge approvals for the pipeline project so as to not negatively impact commerce across the US, citing the integrated supply chain of manufacturers and how disruptions due to energy  would have costly ramifications across the chain of goods required in manufacturing processes. IECA stated that manufacturing companies cannot grow without increased supplies of natural gas and that, in fact, a more accelerated and streamlined pipeline permitting process is necessary to enable companies to more agilely make capital investments and compete more effectively in their respective global markets.

The IECA has aggressively been representing the manufacturing sector before the FERC in several pipeline projects under review and continues to make these bold and emphatic arguments in favor of keeping natural gas at the forefront of America’s energy policies.

Vision 2020 Strategic Plan Report

2020 Strategic Plan Report, By Michael Frey, COO

Shortly before the Gas Authority Annual Membership Meeting we emailed the first draft of our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan (Plan).  The Plan was issued in draft form so that Members may review and comment on the complete document, which is the culmination of input from all stakeholders over the last year.  We are asking for comments on the draft by mid-June.  Based on feedback received we will develop a revised draft, which will be reviewed with the Gas Authority Board in late June.  A final Plan should be issued in early July.

This draft Strategic Plan was developed over the last year, gathering input from our staff and from the Board, combined with interactive breakout sessions among Members at both the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 regional meetings.  The discussions focused on identifying the critical success factors necessary for municipal gas utilities to thrive in the year 2020 and beyond. Importantly, the conversations were also intended to define the role of the Gas Authority in helping its Members achieve and sustain that vision.

The purpose of having a written strategic plan is to outline a vision for the Gas Authority that all stakeholders in the process can identify with, and support as a direction that will enhance the value of their joint-action agency and create additional value for Members.  The Plan includes our mission and values, which remain unchanged.  We know who we serve and our role, and we know how important having a natural gas distribution system is to each of our Member’s municipalities.  What has changed, and continues to change is the environment in which we operate, and it is these changing business conditions that drive the strategic issues we believe need to be addressed through the Plan.

Our three Corporate Goals are similar to the goals in our last strategic plan, but are entirely focused on what we heard from our Members; specifically, what will be required for them to grow the value of owning and operating a natural gas distribution system for their customers and communities.  To implement these goals, we identified three new initiatives, which will guide us in deploying resources, and hopefully engage all Members in implementing thoughtful strategies to sustain and grow their gas systems.

Please invest a few minutes to review the draft Plan, and provide any feedback that will help us finalize the Plan.  If you like the way the draft looks, please let us know that too. While we have worked together for a year to develop this vision, it will take years and the ongoing commitment of all stakeholders to achieve the vision we have jointly cast.

If you did not receive a draft Plan, or if you have any questions concerning how to provide feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Chris Strippelhoff or your Member Services representative.