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September 4 - September 6

Region 9 Technology Workshop

Spokane, WA

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Region 9 Technology Workshop

Mark your calendar to join us for the UTC Region 9 Technology Workshop in Spokane, Washington, on September 4th-6th. This engaging event is designed to cater to the specific needs of our members and stakeholders. At the workshop, utility professionals and esteemed technology partners will come together to address crucial issues such as embracing digital utility, market trends, business strategies, and critical infrastructure communication solutions. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate, learn from industry experts, and network with peers. Join us for this power-packed, in-person event brought to you by UTC, the trusted source and resource for utility telecom professionals for over 75 years!

Rates

Utility Registration Rates:
$300 for the first registrant and $90 for each additional registrant.
Please contact support@utc.org once the first registration is completed for instructions on how to register additional attendees at the discounted rate.
**If your company is a member of UTC and you are not seeing the member rates on the registration site please contact support@utc.org for assistance.
 
Vendor/Associate Rates:
$450 – Members
$695 – Non-Members

Speakers:
All speakers will be registered complimentary by UTC staff.

Sponsors & Exhibitors:
Sponsors and Exhibitors may receive complimentary or discounted rates depending on their level of participation. Before registering through the website please email us by clicking here to confirm any applicable comps or discounts.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received by August 13, 2024, will receive a refund less a 25% cancellation fee.  Cancellations must be received in writing to meetings@utc.org.Questions? Please email support@utc.org. There will be no refunds after Tuesday, August 13th; however, substitutions may be made without penalty.

Exhibitor/Sponsor Information

Sponsorship gives your company exposure and provides a clear platform to leave a lasting impression. UTC is committed to providing you with the support you need for success. Contact kristi.middlebrooks@utc.org to discuss your sponsorship options.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Contract – Click here

Sponsor Information
Kristi Middlebrooks | Director, Exhibits and Sponsorships
E: kristi.middlebrooks@utc.org | P: 202.833.6838

Conference / Registration Information
E: support@utc.org

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For questions contact support@utc.org or call 202.833.6812

Travel/Getting There

Closest airport:
The Spokane International Airport is the closest airport. Spokane International Airport annually processes over 3,000,000 passengers and is served by five major and five regional air carriers. This is only a 15-minute drive from downtown.
Estimated taxi and rideshare fees from airport:
Taxi: Est. $30-$45 depending on traffic, time of day, etc.
Lyft and Uber are available at designated areas of the terminal. Est. $25-$30 depending on traffic, time of day, etc.
Map:
Please find our Visitor Map, here.​ Your hotel is located by the purple “O” in Spokane on the map.
Parking details at hotel/venue:
Self-parking at The Historic Davenport Hotel is available in the garage on the southwest corner of First Avenue and Post at $25 per night per car. Valet Parking is also available at $35 per night per car.
Travel information for attendees. Travel Through Spokane

Historic Davenport Hotel

10 S Post St,
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 455-8888

About Region 9

Region 9 includes the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia & Alberta!

And continues to serve the states of:

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Have any questions or are interested in hearing more about how UTC can play a role in your company? Contact our Region 9 officers:

UTC Region 9 Officers

SPEAKERS

Joe Blaschka
Joe Blaschka
Founder & Chief Engineer, ADCOMM Engineering
Mr. Blaschka is a registered professional engineer with over 50 years’ experience in communications engineering. He has been involved in all aspects of public safety communications system design and implementation throughout his career. Mr. Blaschka is a nationally recognized expert in simulcast systems and was recently featured twice in MissionCritical Magazine’s Industry Leaders. He is a registered Professional Engineer in 11 states. He obtained his BSEE from Seattle University when dinosaurs still roamed the campus. He is known for his hands-on experience in the real world.
Shawna Kiesbuy
Shawna Kiesbuy
Senior Manager for Network Engineering, Avista Energy
Karl Knoll
Karl Knoll
Principal Communications Engineer - Portland General Electric

Karl Knoll is a principal communications engineer in Operations & Planning for Portland General Electric.  Karl has been in the telecommunications industry for over 30 years with 16 years of utility telecom experience at BPA and PGE. Extensive experience with planning and scoping utility telecommunications projects including managing the BPA Remedial Action Scheme (RAS) program.  Participant in the development of the PGE telecommunications strategy. Involved with creating and planning MPLS WAN designs for PGE’s packet conversion project. Karl is the vice chair for the WECC Telecommunications Subcommittee (TCOMS) where he has been a member since 2010.  Member of the EPRI 161G Telecommunications group. Graduate of the Ohio State University with Electrical Engineering degree.

Shaun Skidmore
Shaun Skidmore
Communications Principal Engineer, Idaho Power Company

Shaun Skidmore has worked for Idaho Power Company in Boise, Idaho, USA since 1995 as an engineer in the Communications Engineering group. He received a BSEE from a joint engineering program of Boise State University and the University of Idaho. His areas of emphasis are network and transport engineering and cyber security. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho, USA.

Rusty Williams
Rusty Williams
President and CEO, Utilities Technology Council

Jimmy R. (Rusty) Williams is President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council (UTC.) UTC is a DC-based global trade association that represents electric, gas, and water utilities on their mission-critical information and communications technologies.

Williams, a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama, has more than three decades of extensive utilities industry experience. He worked at LightRiver Technologies for seven years, where he served as Vice President, Sales. Before LightRiver, Williams worked for nearly four years as Director of Business Development at AFL Telecommunications. He also worked for more than 25 years at Southern Company, where he held various telecommunications and IT management positions.
Williams, a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Alabama, has more than three decades of extensive utilities industry experience. He worked at LightRiver Technologies for seven years, where he served as Vice President, Sales. Before LightRiver, Williams worked for nearly four years as Director of Business Development at AFL Telecommunications. He also worked for more than 25 years at Southern Company, where he held various telecommunications and IT management positions.
As President and CEO, Williams will lead UTC’s staff as the association continues to be a trusted advocate and thought leader on regulatory issues and emerging technology, as well as a valued training source in the utility telecommunications and networking space.
Williams earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
When not working for UTC, Rusty enjoys his family which includes his wife Ivette, 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  He also enjoys playing golf and hunting.  Rusty also serves his church as a leader and teacher.
Chris Witthaus
Chris Witthaus
PE, Communications & Grid Modeling, TPM - Bonneville Power Administration

Chris Witthaus is the Communications & Control Team Lead and RAS Program Manager at Bonneville Power Administration. He has 35 years of experience engineering telecommunications systems in the electric utility industry.

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