PURC Annual Conference
for Utility Service Providers, Policy Makers, and Regulators

44th Annual PURC Conference

Florida Utilities: Who’s Driving the Future?

February 22 – 23, 2017
Gainesville, Florida

Utility services—energy, water and telecommunications—are all about the customers. But sometimes we get so caught up in the day-to-day court cases, regulatory proceedings, mergers conflicts and arguments about the utility of the future that we forget that customers will drive the future if they are given the chance. One of the lessons from the evolution of telecommunications is that customers take industries in directions that no one anticipates. At the end of the day all of the arguments over fuels, clean water, investment, jurisdiction, prices, and industry structure fade into the background as customers express their preferences through political and market forces. How will customers make their choices? And who will serve them best?

Please join us for PURC's 44th Annual Conference where we will examine what customers value and how they are being served. Speakers and participants will engage in discussions that address the following questions:

  • What are customers telling us about what they value?
  • Who will determine the future of the industry: regulation or customers?
  • What are the latest trends in engaging with customers?
  • Which aspects of quality do customers value the most?
  • What are customers saying through their economic choices? Their political choices?
  • How are customers changing and what does this mean for the industries and their regulators?

Draft conference agenda to be posted by December 2016. The conference will begin at 1:30pm on Wednesday, February 22nd and conclude with lunch on Thursday, February 23rd.

This year’s conference will be located in Gainesville, Florida at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32607
(352) 371-3600

Conference attendees can reserve at a group rate of $145.00 plus tax per night. Reservation deadline for the group rate is January 22, 2017. Reserve your room online or by calling reservations at (352) 371-3600. Group code is PUR217.

For more than 40 years, our annual conference has served as a neutral forum for engaging dialogue about issues facing utility service providers, policymakers and regulatory agencies. The February event in Gainesville brings together key leaders in industry and academia, primarily from Florida and the Southeast.

PURC is registered with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a provider of continuing professional education programs. Each year, we apply to the DBPR for technical business CPE credit for conference sessions, as well as to the Florida Bar for general CLER credit for Florida law practitioners.

Past Annual Conferences

PURC Distinguished Service Award

Each year at the PURC Annual Conference, PURC honors an individual who has contributed to the understanding of regulatory economics and finance. The PURC Distinguished Service Award recognizes the cumulative impact of an individual's research and policy analyses on both the academic community and regulatory policymakers.

Gerald L. Gunter Distinguished Service Award

The Gerald L. Gunter Distinguished Service Award is presented jointly at our Annual Conference by PURC and the Florida Public Service Commission. It recognizes a Public Service Commission employee who has made a significant contribution to the development of regulatory policy.

The award is named after the late FPSC Commissioner Gerald L. Gunter, who was especially supportive of the relationship between the University and the Florida PSC. After his death in June 1991, the Gerald L. Gunter Memorial was established by his friends and colleagues. In addition to the Gunter Award, financial gifts enabled the establishment of the Gunter Professorship in the Warrington College of Business. Mark Jamison serves as the Gerald L. Gunter Professor of research in regulatory policy.

Register on or before February 11, 2017 for $250 early registration fee. After February 11, 2017 registration fee is $300. Fee includes reception Wednesday evening, continental breakfast Thursday morning, plated lunch Thursday, and continuous refreshment break.


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Past Recipients

  • 2016
    Jim Breman
  • 2015
    Mary Anne Helton
  • 2014
    Greg Shafer
  • 2013
    Andrew Maurey
  • 2012
    Tom Ballinger
  • 2011
    Robert J. Casey
  • 2010
    Kathy Welch
  • 2009
    Mark Futrell
  • 2008
    David Smith
  • 2007
    Connie S. Kummer
  • 2006
    Cheryl Bulecza-Banks
  • 2005
    Marshall Willis
  • 2004
    Tim Devlin
  • 2003
    James A. Ward
  • 2002
    Lisa Harvey
  • 2001
    David Dowds
  • 2000
    Sally Simmons
  • 1999
    J. Alan Taylor
  • 1998
    Dale Mailhot
  • 1997
    Bob Trapp
  • 1996
    Cindy Miller
  • 1995
    John Williams
  • 1994
    Beth Salak
  • 1993
    Joe McCormick
  • 1992
    Jill Butler


College Info

Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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