Training opportunities provided by Basin Electric and its members

One of the seven cooperative principles is education, training, and information, so Basin Electric and its members know the value of continual learning. That’s why the following training opportunities are being offered for members in 2023. Save the dates below, and look for more details and registration information soon.

Touchstone Energy member engagement workshops

Join Scott Bialick and other members of the Touchstone Energy team for an interactive day of content and networking with your co-op peers. The member engagement workshop will provide you with practical takeaways from proven research, marketing best practices, and more. The workshop is all about helping your co-op more effectively engage your member-owners.

CEOs, communicators, marketers, and member services professionals are encouraged to attend. Human resources, community development/engagement, and key accounts staff can also gain a lot from attending.

  • Opportunity 1: Tuesday, May 23 - Bismarck, North Dakota
    • Hosted by Basin Electric
    • Location: Basin Electric Headquarters in Bismarck
    • Team building activity the evening of Monday, May 22 (location TBD)
  • Opportunity 2: Thursday, May 25 - Madison, South Dakota
    • Co-hosted by Basin Electric and Class A member East River Electric Power Cooperative
    • Location: East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison
    • Team building activity the evening of Wednesday, May 24 (location TBD)

Key accounts master course by Erick Rheam

Join well-known trainer Erick Rheam for an in-depth and engaging exercise-driven course into the world of key accounts. This course helps hone the skills of key accounts professionals, whether they are seasoned, new to key accounts, or just trying to gain a better understanding of how to successfully serve key accounts.

Attendees will learn:

  • What makes a program successful and how to emulate it
  • A proven three-phased process to build or rebuild a proper key accounts program
  • The successful traits of effective key account representatives and how to maintain a strong program while managing other duties and responsibilities
  • How to launch or relaunch a program that will guarantee success
  • How to select tools and services to fit the needs of the business community
  • The importance of member action plans and how to develop and leverage them for long-term success
  • July 11-13 - Rapid City, South Dakota
    • Sponsored by Basin Electric and Class A member Rushmore Electric Cooperative
    • Location: West River Electric Association, Rapid City, South Dakota

Basin Electric Annual Meeting (change in dates)

At its January meeting, Basin Electric’s board of directors voted to move the cooperative’s Annual Meeting of the Membership from November to August beginning in 2023 and moving forward. This year’s meeting will be held Aug. 15-17 at the Bismarck Event Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 15: Pre-Annual Meeting evening social
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16: Annual Meeting
  • Thursday, Aug. 17: Potential Members-Only Meeting

Regional Communicator’s Advisory Group (RCAG)

The RCAG meeting will be moved to August to coincide with the Basin Electric Annual Meeting for 2023. Final meeting details and location in Bismarck/Mandan, North Dakota, are to be determined.

  • Monday, Aug. 14: Group dinner or activity in the evening
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15: RCAG meeting (all day)