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A Message from the President of USGO


I am pleased to announce the 2017 Utilities State Government Organization (USGO) Annual Meeting will be held at The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, July 9-12, 2017. Attached is a draft agenda. Bordering lush Pennsylvania woodlands, The Hotel Hershey overlooks the cocoa-scented town that famously bears Milton S. Hershey’s name.

Whether you’re new to USGO or a long-time member, you will gain valuable insights about issues and topics relevant to our industry at the 2017 annual meeting. Join us as we hear from industry experts, policymakers and colleagues about what is trending in utility-sector government relations at this insider’s event. Together we’ll have an opportunity to network with others and learn what is happening at the national, regional and state levels.

The Hotel Hershey is a one-of-a-kind destination and one of the finest Historic Hotels of America. The hotel has 276 guest rooms, including 48 cottages, and offers a wide variety of adult and child-friendly activities.

Make your reservation today by calling 855-729-3108. Please be sure to mention you are with the Utilities State Government Organization (USGO) group to receive our group discount. The hotel is also honoring the group rate of $319.00 for three days before and after the conference dates. Hotel Hershey is located about 30 minutes from the Harrisburg International Airport. Transportation arrangements from the Harrisburg International Airport to the hotel may be made through the hotel concierge by calling the main hotel number 717-533-2171 and asking for the concierge -- cost is $25 per person (adults and children) each way. Taxi service is available at the airport – cost is about $25 total each way.

Networking opportunities will be offered nightly for attendees and families. In addition, you are invited to take part in our traditional golf tournament. Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 resorts in the U.S., the Hershey Country Club features two spectacular 18-hole private courses, the East Course and West Course; and a public 9-hole course designed with junior players in mind.

And don’t forget Hersheypark®, a family-theme park sure to delight all ages. The park's area covers over 110 acres, containing 70 rides and attractions, as well as a zoo called ZOOAMERICA - North American Wildlife Park. Adjacent is Hershey's Chocolate World, a visitors' center that is open to the public and that contains shops, restaurants, and a chocolate factory-themed tour ride.

In closing, thank you to our valued conference attendees. Your continued participation truly makes this a one-of-a-kind event for our industry. You may wish to consider inviting a colleague to this year’s annual meeting to bolster our USGO family.

I look forward to hosting you in Hershey “The Sweetest Place on Earth.”

Christine M. Martin
2017 USGO President

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