Sep

26-29

Joint Use (Sep 26-29)

As new technology, new regulations and aging infrastructure continue to change the landscape of joint use, it becomes increasingly important for key stakeholders to foster open dialogue and collaborate to solve shared problems, focus on safety goals, and ensure the equitably of poles and other utility assets. Considered the premier joint use conference, content is designed for representatives from utility, telecomm, wireless and broadband companies; as well as consultants and service companies who deal with joint use, pole ownership and attachments. The conference format provides a unique mix of presentations, dynamic power table topics, vendor displays and networking opportunities to exchange information and best practices.

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General Details

  • Program Chair(s)
  • Robert Trzepkowski, Salt River Project and Dawn Thompkins, Arizona Public Service

    • Program Location
    • The Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center
    • 60 E 5th St.
      Tempe, AZ 85281
    • Who Should Attend
      • Joint use administrators
      • Right of way managers
      • Asset managers
      • Standards engineers
      • Operations managers
      • Contract administrators
      • Real estate analysts
      • Construction planners
      • GIS services
      • Wireless managers
  • Registration Options
  • Conference Registration: $799 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after September 4, 2017. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, power tables, and all food events.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Operations Programs at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Optional Networking - HOP'd Up Beer Tour

Come join this tour for a fun afternoon with your peers as you tour three of Phoenix's most popular breweries, where you will get generous beer samples, a behind-the-scenes tour and experience some real local flavor! Transportation will be provided and you will return to the hotel in time to get ready for the evening reception.    
Here's what you can expect on the tour:
• Generous beer tastings (flights) at all stops 
• Delicious food! 
• Knowledgeable and Fun Beer Guide
• Behind-the-scenes brewery tour 
• Interface with owners and brewers (as available)
• Water and ice on the bus
• Custom beer souvenir
• Photos of the fun
• Awesome memories!
• Transportation

**Note:  All brewery and wait-staff gratuities ar included in your ticket purchase. Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.  

12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Optional Networking - Top Golf Event

Join us for an unforgettable experience hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Avoid the heat and relax in a private climate-controlled venue. Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring golf pros to those who have never walked 18 holes. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s entertaining!  

Includes:

  • Transportation, temperature controlled VIP Bay
  • Clubs, balls, snack and beverages
  • Three hours of Topgolf play including a lifetime membership for guest, free club rental, game demonstration and a dedicated event ambassador

Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.  

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Sponsored by BHC Rhodes

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Joint Use 101
Speaker(s): Jason Nemjo, Joint Utilities Specialist, Clark Public Utilities

Back by popular demand! Joint Use 101 will break down the basic physical materials involved in Joint Use. A must for those who are new to the Joint Use industry and those who are not frequently working in the field and want a refresher.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Joint Use Safety Focused

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Break with Vendors Displays

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Broadband Over Powerlines (PPI)

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Vendor Showcase

Each vendor will get 2-3 minutes on the main stage to give an introduction to their company and a quick overview of their product/service. If time permits, they are allowed to introduce their sales team at the conference.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Small Cell Issues

A discussion of strategies for partnering with local government and utility companies to achieve network objectives while advancing community safety & growth, and helping to close the digital divide.

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Power Tables

This year's conference will feature power tables in four rooms. Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Sponsored by WInd Lake Solutions

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Offsite Reception at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Sponsored by Varasset/NJUNS/Osmose Located at 420 South Mill Suite 201, just a short walk from the hotel.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Fiber Over-lashing Projects

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Updating Pole Attachment Agreements Driven by Utility Commission Rulings

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break with Vendors Displays

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM

Power Tables

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM

Power Tables

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Power Tables

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Power Tables

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break with Vendors Displays

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal Forum
Moderator(s): Bruce Gardner, Attorney, Arizona Public Service Company
Panelist(s): Eric Langley, Partner, Balch & Bingham, LLP, Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP

Our most anticipated and popular session year after year. This distinguished multi-industry panel of attorneys will provide you with the opportunity to openly participate in a stimulating conversation on our industry. Find out from varying perspectives what you need to know about current and impending regulations, recent court rulings and what you must have on your radar.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Friday, September 29, 2017

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Connect America Funds Projects (CAF II)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

California Pole Loading Programs

10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Conference Adjourns

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Wrap-up and Future Planning for the 2018 Joint Use Conference

All are welcome and Program Development Team is encouraged to participate.

Hotel + Travel

  • This upscale business hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Mill Avenue District and Mill Ave/3rd Street light rail transit station, and 3.5 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Warm, modern rooms have WiFi, flatscreens, minifridges and coffeemakers. Suites add rainfall showerheads and pull-out sofas. The roof has an outdoor pool and a tennis court, and there's a fitness center. A restaurant serves Southwestern-inspired fare, and a lounge and a poolside cafe are all on-site. There's a business center and 30,000 sq ft of meeting space. A hospitality fee covers airport shuttle service, WiFi, valet parking and fitness center access.
  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 547-8705 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute to receive a special rate of $159/night. This rate is guaranteed until September 4, 2017 or until the WEI room block is full.


  • Click here to make your reservation now.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,148 USD
Vendor Display Table Only: $599 USD
Vendor Display Assistant: $299 USD

Registration price increases $100 after September 4, 2017. Vendor Display Only registration includes a skirted table in the display area, and food functions associated with display schedule. Vendors that wish to attend presentations and power tables should select the Conference Registration + Vendor Display option.

Additional Vendor Display assistants can be added for $299 after your registration is complete and includes vendor access and vendor associated food functions. Vendor Display assistants that wish to attend presentations and power tables should register as an attendee.

Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, September 27
7:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Set-up
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Break with Vendor Display
11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Vendor Showcase
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display

Thursday, September 28
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:05 PM – 1:10 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Tear Down

For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Vendor Display Map

Sponsors

Thank you to our program sponsors!

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Networking

All networking events will take place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

Top Golf Event
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Cost: $105

Join us for an unforgettable experience hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Avoid the heat and relax in a private climate-controlled venue. Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring golf pros to those who have never walked 18 holes. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s entertaining!

Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.

HOP’d Up Beer Tour
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cost: $110

Come join this tour for a fun afternoon with your peers as you tour three of Phoenix’s most popular breweries, where you will get generous beer samples, a behind-the-scenes tour and experience some real local flavor! Transportation will be provided and you will return to the hotel in time to get ready for the evening reception.

Here’s what you can expect on the tour:
• Generous beer tastings (flights) at all stops
• Delicious food!
• Knowledgeable and Fun Beer Guide
• Behind-the-scenes brewery tour
• Interface with owners and brewers (as available)
• Water and ice on the bus
• Custom beer souvenir
• Photos of the fun
• Awesome memories!
• Transportation

Note: All brewery and wait-staff gratuities ar included in your ticket purchase. Cancellation policy is 30 days out with no refunds after August 25, 2017.

Meet The Speakers

Mike Runzo

Salt River Project

Senior Safety & Health Specialist

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist

Eric Langley

Balch & Bingham, LLP

Partner

Chris Huther

Wiley Rein, LLP

Partner

Thomas Magee

Keller & Heckman LLP

Partner

Bruce Gardner

Arizona Public Service Company

Attorney