TVPPA builds an entire conference each year on the subjects of utility safety and security, but that doesn’t mean those topics can’t get play elsewhere.

Take, for instance, TVPPA’s 2018 Utility Purchasing & Materials Management Conference, set for April 18-20 at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, TN. Planning committee chair Dave Daffron said two issues that body wanted to make sure to include on the agenda were cyber security and physical security.

“Everybody’s concerned about those two things,” said Daffron, financial specialist and purchasing agent at Sequachee Valley EC, South Pittsburg, TN. He said Steve Herriman of Bolivar, TN, EA is scheduled to share a presentation on cyber security, while Matt Fagiana of Lenoir City, TN, UB is set to hold forth on building security.

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