Security Threats and Preparation Workshop—New Ulm

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Security Threats and Preparation Workshop—New Ulm

Date: January 30, 2024
  • Jan 30, 2024 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 North Franklin Street, New Ulm, MN (room 203)
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Security threats and preparation workshop

Every year there are thousands of electrical physical security incidents reported to the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center, affecting local utilities across the country. There are thousands of additional physical security breaches at water and wastewater facilities, city offices, and storage warehouses. Utilities are also vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches, sometimes leading to destruction of assets and stoppage of service. To maintain the characteristic excellence of hometown utilities, hardening security infrastructure is a must. Attend this workshop to deepen your understanding of trends in security and mitigation tactics.

This workshop will cover:

  • Analyzing real case studies
  • Discussing physical security essentials
  • Performing a comprehensive threat assessment
  • Reviewing cybersecurity trends
  • Engaging with local law enforcement

About the instructors

Michael Coe is the Vice President for Security, Resilience, and Energy Solutions for the American Public Power Association (APPA). He has over two decades of experience in energy policy and communications, most recently serving as the Director of the Defense Critical Energy Infrastructure Program in the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He led programmatic efforts to create the first DOE energy sector risk register, informed by data provided by utility partners and current threat information from the intelligence community. 



Mike Willetts is MMUA’s Director of Training and Safety. Mike has over 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry including safety professional, utility management, and journeyman lineworker. For the past 28 years he has been managing and developing MMUA's safety services program.

Mike is a nationally recognized safety profession and an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Minnesota Safety Council, National Safety Council, and the Minnesota OSHA Electric Task Force committee.

He is also an active member of the American Public Power Association (APPA) and past chairman of the APPA safety committee, APPA engineering and operations committee, and APPA safety manual revision task force, and vice chair of APPA mutual aid MAC executive committee.

Who should attend?

This event is intended for municipal employees of all levels, especially individuals involved with or responsible for the physical security of your city's/utility's facilities.


New Ulm Civic Center
1212 North Franklin St. (room 203)
New Ulm, MN


Members: $315 per person

Registration fee increases $50 on January 9, 2024.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Note: To attend this workshop, you must be employed by a member city/utility or an affiliate member. Advanced registration is required; no on-site registrations allowed.

Deadline: January 16, 2024

Other dates/locations

This workshop will be presented at three locations in Minnesota. Other locations include:

January 31—Brainerd
February 1—MMUA office, Plymouth

To register for one of the other workshops, click on the date/location above.

Certificate of attendance

Attendees earn a certificate of achievement for their participation. Watch for an email from MMUA with the certificate upon completion of the course.


MMUA will issue a refund on advanced registrations, less $50 per person processing fee, provided MMUA is notified by 4:30 pm on January 16, 2024. Refunds issued to a credit card will be subject to an additional 3% fee. Sorry, no refunds after January 16.


By registering for this event, I/we, the registered attendee(s), authorize Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) to photograph me at this event and use such photographs in MMUA marketing materials (both electronic and print). I understand that I will not be paid for giving this consent.

Promotional material

To download a copy of the promotional flyer for this event, click here.


Contact Theresa Neddermeyer at 763.551.1230 or email