MEUW Members' feedback as we look ahead to next year's operations conference event

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* 1. Utility/company name

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* 2. Recognizing the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19, please rank your preference(s) for the type of event you think should be planned (1=best option; 6=least favored option).

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* 3. If the format of the conference must be shortened, which element is least important to continue?

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* 4. How important is it for the conference to be a joint event that includes both the municipals and cooperatives?

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* 5. Is your utility/municipality/company currently restricting employee travel?

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* 6. If the situation with COVID-19 is basically the same as it is today, what is the likelihood you would attend a January conference?

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* 7. Please rate the degree to which you agree with each of the following statements:

  Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree Neither Agree nor Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly Disagree
A “virtual” conference is a good substitute under the circumstances
Attendees will support restrictions like wearing masks, sitting apart and limiting contact
I believe the risk of spreading the virus at this type of event is minimal and we should hold the conference like we have in years past
"Social distancing" will make interacting with other attendees difficult
The conference should be held even if only a small number of utilities choose to attend
Networking is the most important element of the event
This event is an important tradition, and getting together after a long period of separation will help to restore some sense of normal again

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* 8. COVID-19 may require that we hold a different type of event in 2021. One option under consideration is a one-day "Expo" that would be held at a county fairground or similar facility and would include an abbreviated set of presentations and a trade show in an open-air setting. What is the likelihood you would attend this type of event?

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* 9. What other insights would you like to share?

Thank you for taking time to provide your opinions. We will keep you posted on plans for next year's event.

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