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TVPPA has no fewer than four major events set for Murfreesboro, TN, in February, all of which are scheduled for that city’s Embassy Suites location.

Two, Fiber University and the Valley Utility Workshop, are brand-new. The others – the All-Member Meeting and the Legal Conference – are mainstays on any TVPPA yearly calendar.

Here’s a brief preview of each event:

Fiber University (Feb. 5-6): This aptly named event is the product of a Fiber Deployment Advisory Group [FDAG] survey, to which respondents made clear their desire for an event set up to facilitate peer-to-peer communication on fiber. TVPPA Chairman and Chattanooga, TN, EPB President/CEO David Wade will keynote.

The agenda is laden with subject-matter experts from around the Valley. Attendees will hear from them – and each other – in a variety of formats, including TED-style talks, roundtables and panel discussions.

Fiber University starts at noon CT Feb. 5 and runs to 5 p.m., with the final day commencing at 8 a.m. CT and adjournment at noon, just ahead of TVPPA’s annual All-Member meeting.

All-Member Meeting (Feb. 6): Sandwiched between Fiber University and the TVPPA Legal Conference, TVPPA’s annual All-Member meeting will feature a State of the Union-style address by President/CEO Doug Peters. Also scheduled is another District Roll Call, during which a panel comprised of a representative of each district will discuss issues of the day and field questions from attendees.

Legal Conference (Feb. 7-8): The Legal Conference agenda is still a work in progress, but some speakers have been locked in – NRECA Assistant General Counsel Nick Pascale is scheduled to present on the legal aspects of vegetation management, while Vanderbilt University Law Professor Jim Rossi is set to hold forth on distributed-energy regulation. Stacie Caraway and John Bode, members at the Miller and Martin firm, will discuss employment law, while TVPPA Assistant General Counsel Mark Smith will talk about broadband.

Valley Utility Workshop (Feb. 28): Subtitled A Foundation for Distribution Utility Employees, the aim of the brand-new VUW is to help relative newcomers to the Valley start to get a basic handle on the nuts and bolts of working at a TVPPA-member utility.

“This workshop is for any new, or slightly longer-term, staff or board members who would benefit from having a better understanding of the industry,” said TVPPA Conferences/Meetings Director Diana Bryant.
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Prospective All-Member Meeting attendees can register via e-mail to cphilpott@tvppa.com. Prospective Fiber University, Legal Conference and Valley Utility Workshop attendees can register at www.tvppa.com.