Gearing Up for the Big Launch: NextGrid Illinois

Crawford, VickiREGISTRATION EXTENDED until 4 p.m. Tuesday! 

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 20 for the AWC Springfield luncheon program: Gearing Up for the Big Launch: NextGrid Illinois.

Later this month, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) will launch the NextGrid Utility of the Future Study. The impact of this study will be huge because the electrical grid affects each one of us. How do you get that information out to the public and the media when the topic is so complex?

On top of that, imagine that it’s your job to handle the launch, and you’re brand new to the job. Vicki Crawford, ICC’s new senior public information officer, will share her strategies for tackling the launch.

Wednesday, Sept.  20, 2017
Networking:  11:30 a.m. to Noon
Luncheon & Program: Noon to 1 p.m.
Sangamo Club, 227 E Adams St, Springfield

Register by TUESDAY, Sept. 19 at 4 p.m.


Registration rates (pay by check or cash at the door or debit/credit online):

Members: $17 at door, $18.93 online
Guests/non-members: $22 at door, $24.20 online
Students: $11 at door, $12.60 online

If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please notify AWC at least 24 hours before the event or you will be charged. If you have special dietary restrictions (vegan, vegetarian, or specific food allergies) please email programs@awcspringfield.org before Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.

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About the speaker:

Vicki Crawford, starting this month, is the new senior public information officer at the Illinois Commerce Commission. Her first major task is to assist with the rollout of the NextGrid study. Fortunately for the ICC, she is up to the challenge.

In Illinois politics, Vicki is known as a well-connected press spokesperson and communication strategist, highly successful in media relations and state government. With more than 23 years of grassroots government experience, she has particular skills in educating and advising legislators about issues, tracking and monitoring legislation, and alliance building. Vicki is adept at media relations, special events coordination, and community relations.

Up until last month, she was press spokesperson for Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. Before that, she was the director of communications of the Illinois House Republicans. Vicki has a journalism background as well, serving as news director at WKBM-FM in Coal City, and earning a bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. While in college, she was already a trusted and competent news reporter at WSIU-FM and WSIU-TV.