The Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives (IAEC), the trade association for Iowa's electric cooperatives, conducted its 2023 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton West Des Moines Conference Center on December 7 and 8, 2023, with more than 350 registered attendees.
Board directors and employees from Iowa's locally owned electric co-ops received informative updates from statewide board and staff and learned about industry trends and best practices from invited speakers.
During the meeting, IAEC celebrated the first 15 graduates of its new Cooperative Leadership in Iowa Program (CLIP) for emerging leaders. Participants committed to a yearlong calendar of in-person, virtual, and on-demand training sessions where they gained leadership skills and learned about various co-op roles.
NIPCO's System Protection & Planning Engineer Chris Larson, and System Project Engineer Andrew Paulsen participated in the CLIP program.
Vice President of Engineering and Operations Jayme Huber felt Larson and Paulsen would be good candidates for the program as their roles at NIPCO are instrumental to the operations of the G&T. "Chris and Andrew are assets to NIPCO's operations, and by gaining a deeper understanding of how their roles fit in with others in the organization and developing collaborative relationships with them will provide them bright futures as leaders within the cooperative."
Congratulations to Chris and Andrew for their hard work and commitment to continued learning in these efforts!