Sep

17-20

Joint Use (Sep 17-20)

New technology, new regulations and an aging infrastructure continue to change the landscape of joint use. Facing new challenges and responsibilities, it becomes increasingly important for key stakeholders to foster open dialogue and collaborate to adapt to the changing environment, solve shared problems, focus on safety goals, and ensure the equitably of poles and other utility assets. This annual forum features 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)
  • Caleb Herring, Joint Use Coordinator, DEMCO

    • Program Location
    • InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
    • 401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64112
    • 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
  • Member Conference Registration: $899 USD
    Non-Member Conference Registration: $899 USD

    Registration prices will increase by $100 after June 30, 2024. After August 26, 2024, prices will increase by an additional $100. Registration includes access to all agenda items including presentations and meals, and digital program materials through the event app. Guest tickets are available for $150 and allow for a personal guest (a spouse or partner who does not work in the energy industry) to accompany a registered attendee at the event. Guest registration includes all meals and receptions. Guest ticket prices increases $50 after August 26, 2024.

    For vendor registration information please see the Vendor Display 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 Marco Henkel, Program Manager at (971) 393-3250.

Agenda

Tuesday, September 17, 2024

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Networking Events

Join us for optional networking events before the conference kicks off! Connect with industry leaders, forge new partnerships, and dive into stimulating discussions. Don't miss this opportunity to lay the groundwork for an impactful conference experience!

More info on the types of events offered coming soon.

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration + Name Badge Pickup

Pick up your name tag and meet the WEI staff. Need to register a colleague? On-site registration will be available. Registration+Lanyards sponsored by Katapult Engineering.

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for a lively Welcome Reception as we kick off the 2024 WEI Joint Use Conference! Mingle with fellow attendees, enjoy delicious refreshments and appetizers, and set the stage for a memorable experience ahead. It's the perfect opportunity to connect, network, and get in the spirit of what promises to be an incredible event.

Wednesday, September 18, 2024

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration + Name Badge Pickup

Pick up your name tag and meet the WEI staff. Need to register a colleague? On-site registration will be available. Registration+Lanyards sponsored by Katapult Engineering.

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Start your day with a delicious breakfast from our breakfast buffet, sponsored by Orbital Engineering, Inc.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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

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.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Opening and Welcome Remarks
Speaker(s): Caleb Herring, Joint Use Coordinator, DEMCO

Opening Remarks by WEI and the 2024 Joint Use Conference chair(s).

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Keynote

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Vendor and Sponsor Showcase

Vendors and sponsors will get 1-2 minutes on the main stage to introduce their company and a quick overview of their product/service. If time permits, they are allowed to introduce their sales team at the conference.

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Break with Vendors

Embrace the power of collaboration during our First Networking Break with Vendors at the Joint Use Conference. This brief intermission offers a dynamic opportunity to connect with fellow attendees and explore the diverse offerings of our participating vendors. Engage in conversations, share insights, and uncover innovative solutions that can propel your projects forward. It's a perfect moment to recharge, refuel, and network while experiencing the wealth of knowledge and resources available in one place.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Earth, Wind, Fire: Prepping Utility Poles + Attachments for the Future

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendors

Recharge and network over a delicious meal at our Lunch with Vendors in the Exhibit Hall. It's the perfect opportunity to savor a meal, gather insights, and explore the latest products and services on display in our vibrant exhibit hall. Fuel your body and your business at this networking lunch.

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Advancing BEAD: Tackling Broadband Deployment Challenges

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Break with Vendors

Take a break and amplify your networking game at our Exhibit Hall Networking Break.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Thriving Together: Overcoming Obstacles + Embracing Opportunities

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Power Tables Preview + Insights

This session will preview the next day’s power tables and provide insights on their format, content, and targeted outcomes, so that attendees can make an informed decision which power tables to attend in order gain the most relevant insights and information.

4:40 PM - 4:45 PM

Day 1 Wrap Up

4:45 PM - 6:30 PM

Networking Reception with Vendors

Step into a world of possibilities at our Exhibit Hall Reception! This engaging event is the hub of our conference, where you can connect with a diverse array of vendors and exhibitors. Discover cutting-edge products, explore innovative services, and engage in meaningful conversations with industry experts. Enjoy a lively atmosphere, enticing refreshments, and the opportunity to forge valuable connections while you navigate the vibrant landscape of our exhibit hall. This reception is sponsored by EMPACT Engineering.

Thursday, September 19, 2024

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration + Name Badge Pickup

Pick up your name tag and meet the WEI staff. Need to register a colleague? On-site registration will be available. Registration+Lanyards sponsored by Katapult Engineering.

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

Kick off the day with a hot breakfast from our breakfast buffet. Sponsored by Black & McDonald.

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

FCC Update

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Break with Vendors

Coffee Service sponsored by Black & McDonald.

10:15 AM - 12:05 PM

Power Tables (Part One)

Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics may be repeated. At the end of the round, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Two rounds with four session each; each round is 50 minutes with 10 minutes for transition in between.

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

Lunch with Vendors

Enjoy a delicious meal amidst the backdrop of innovative exhibits, fostering new relationships and solidifying existing ones. Share insights, explore opportunities, and bid farewell to an event filled with valuable connections and knowledge. This networking lunch one of the last chances to make lasting impressions and take away invaluable experiences with our vendors.

1:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Power Tables (Part Two)

Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics may be repeated. At the end of the round, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Two rounds with four session each; each round is 50 minutes with 10 minutes for transition in between.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break with Vendors

Visit our vendors in the exhibit hall for a final vendor break.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal Forum
Panelist(s): Maria Browne, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Thomas Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, David Rines, Member, Lerman Senter PLLC

One of 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 - 7:00 PM

Off-Site Reception

Friday, September 20, 2024

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

A hot breakfast buffet awaits our attendees on the final day of the conference.

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Looking Ahead: Exploring Future Joint Use Applications

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

NESC Update

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Open Forum / Hot Topics

We will review the topics discussed during the conference and via a roundtable address any topics that need further discussion. All are encouraged to engage and share experiences, best practices, and solutions.

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Wrap up and Future Planning for the 2025 Joint Use Conference

All are welcome. This is your chance to help shape the next conference.

12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Conference Ends

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 496-7621, or via the reservation link, to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) to receive a special rate of $199 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 26, 2024 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Member Conference Attendee + Vendor Display: $1,249 USD
Non-Member Conference Attendee + Vendor Display: $1,249 USD
Member Vendor Display Only: $649 USD
Non-Member Vendor Display Only: $649 USD

Conference Attendee + Vendor Display registration prices will increase by $200 after June 30, 2024. After August 26, 2024, prices will increase by an additional $200. This registration option includes full conference access and includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative with one skirted table in the Display area. Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly.

Vendor Display Only registration prices will increase by $100 after June 30, 2024. After August 26, 2024, prices will increase by an additional $100. Vendor display only registration includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative, one skirted table in the display area, and food functions associated with display times. Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly. Vendors that wish to attend presentations and power tables should select the Conference Attendee + Vendor Display ticket option.

Vendor Display Assistants can be added for $349 USD after your registration is complete. Registration prices will increase by $100 after June 30, 2024. After August 26, 2024, prices will increase by an additional $100. There is a limit of two (2) vendor display assistants per booth. Vendor display assistants that wish to attend presentations and power tables should register as an attendee.

Shipping Information

Direct Hotel Shipping Phone: 816-303-2928
Hotel Main Phone Line: 816-756-1500

Address Shipments To:
Attn: Sender Name/Guest or Meeting Name
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

Sample:
Attn: Roger R. Riley/Sample Region 7 Meeting
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri 64112

(Shipments/Boxes may also be labeled with a black marker with additional information at shipper’s discretion)

Vendor Display Map

Vendor Display Schedule
Tuesday, September 17, 2024
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Set-Up

Wednesday, September 18, 2024
6:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Set-Up
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: Vendor Showcase
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Break with Vendors
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch with Vendors
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Break with Vendors
4:45 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendors

Thursday, September 19, 2024
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Break with Vendors
12:05 PM – 1:10 PM: Lunch with Vendors
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendors
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Tear Down

For more information contact Marco Henkel at 971.393.3250

Program Sponsors

Thank you to our program sponsors!

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Meet The Speakers

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist

Maria Browne

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Partner

David Rines

Lerman Senter PLLC

Member

Thomas Magee

Keller & Heckman LLP

Partner

Caleb Herring

DEMCO

Joint Use Coordinator