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June 25, 2020

RP3 Application workshop will be June 30 at Columbia

This year’s RP3 Application Workshop, will be June 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at MPUA’s office (1808 I-70 Drive SW, Columbia). The APPA's Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)  designation is relied upon by bond issuers, insurance companies, and industrial research firms as a mark of high quality. Our expert panel will guide you through the application process, where to get data, and will provide insights on how to receive the highest score. Each panelist has earned a high-level RP3 recognition, with two previously serving on the RP3 Review Panel. See more info at our webpage, and register by June 26, by sending your utility name, email address, and attendee names/titles to training@mpua.org. - MORE INFORMATION (flyer)
CALENDAR - full calendar

6/26 - 10:30am | Northwest Regional Utility Roundtable (Chillicothe)
6/30 -10am | RP3 Workshop
7/3 | MPUA office closed (Independence Day holiday)

7/15 - 10am | Municipal Gas Commission (MGCM) mtg
7/22 - 10am | Lineworker & Mutual Aid Committee mtg
In This Issue
RP3 Application Workshop: June 30

Alliance Awards 2020 - Call For Nominations

WEBINAR/FACTSHEET: CARES Act funding

AWIA TOOLKIT: help on risk/resiliency & emergency response plans

KnowBe4 Cybersecurity Training

REGISTER!: MPUA 2020 Annual Conference

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Alliance Awards 2020 - Call For Nominations

Every utility has outstanding public servants. Whether it is a long-term employee or a rising star, it’s time to recognize their dedication!  Nominations are being sought for MPUA’s 2020 Alliance Awards, to be presented at this year’s annual conference. The awards honor outstanding achievements, vision and dedication to municipal utilities by individuals and member utilities within the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. Please nominate a deserving individual or municipal utility for one of the awards before the August 3 deadline. Award descriptions and a nomination form are included in our CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FORM. Please email completed nomination forms to events@mpua.org, or fax them to 573-445-0680.

WEBINAR & FACTSHEET: CARES Act funding for assistance to utility customers

Municipal utilities have the opportunity to use local government CARES Act money to establish a financial assistance program for individuals impacted by COVID-19. The financial assistance program can assist individuals that have not paid utility bills or have incurred significant late fees from March 1 to June 15, with subsequent opportunities until December 31. The term “individuals” can include residential and business customers, as long as they have not received federal money to make the same payments.
 
MPUA has developed a factsheet and other resources that will guide a municipal utility through the development of a local financial assistance program. This program can be brought to the county to apply for use of the local government CARES Act money. The factsheet and other support materials (guidance scenarios, spreadsheets, example applications) were emailed to all Missouri member cities on June 23 (all emailed materials are online HERE)

WEBINAR - JUNE 30: MPUA is hosting a CARES Guidance Webinar on Tuesday, June 30 at 11 a.m. The webinar will feature discussions of funding and your Q&A. Please RSVP at events@mpua.org for the login credentials to this virtual workshop and provide your info on who is attending, titles, contact emails and phone numbers. Registration will be acknowledged and login information will be provided.

Please don't hesitate to contact Lacey Hirschvogel, Eric Crawford or Ewell Lawson with questions about the webinar or the CARES Act material we provided.

KnowBe4 Cybersecurity Training offer

MPUA has worked with KnowBe4 for a discounted price for utility members on their Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing service. More than 30,000 organizations worldwide use KnowBe4 integrated Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform. Utilities will have a great way to manage the urgent IT security problems of social engineering, spear-phishing, and ransomware attacks.

This cyber security service is a great way to show your commitment to security when applying for the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation, or meeting federal America’s Water Infrastructure Act requirements for Risk & Resiliency and Emergency Plans. For more information email Kevin Fulks or reach him by calling 573-445-3279.

AWIA TOOLKIT: Assistance  to public water systems  for AWIA Risk & Resiliency Assessments and Emergency Response Plans

America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requires public water systems serving populations of 3,300 to 50,000 to conduct a Risk and Resiliency assessment and submit a completed certification to EPA by June 30, 2021. Six months after submittal, an Emergency Response Plan must be submitted.

The Missouri Public Water Council has worked to develop a toolkit to guide communities through the process of requirement compliance. The toolkit provides communities easy-to-follow resources to allow for a ready-to-go EPA certification submittal. The toolkit will be available by or before Dec. 31, 2020. This will provide communities time to complete the assessment before the June 30 federal deadline. The toolkit will include an in-depth approach to understanding the resiliency of your systems, including Missouri specific assistance, Emergency Response Plan tools, and in-person (or virtual) workshops.

The MPUA Resource Services Corporation will be contracting with HDR, Inc. for toolkit support.  To take advantage of this low-cost compliance toolkit, or for more information, email MPUA’s Lacey Hirschvogel, or call 573-445-3279.

Register for the 2020 Annual Conference!
(Sep. 30 - Oct 2 at St. Charles Convention Center)

The MPUA Annual Conference helps you get the tools you need to weather challenges and position your utility for future success. Please get your registrations in SOON, for this year’s Sept. 30 – Oct 2 conference at the St. Charles Convention Center.  Whether it is how to lead, plan for future regulations, or embrace technology, our conference speakers will cover it. The MPUA conference is also a great way to connect with your industry peers consultants, engineers and equipment providers, plus plenty of professional fellowship and fun  -  READ MORE INFO and register!
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