Gas Operations Technical & Leadership Summit - Attendee/Utility

Starts:  Aug 13, 2019 1:00 PM (CT)
Ends:  Aug 15, 2019 2:15 PM (CT)

This annual two-day event is attended by natural gas crews, foremen, supervisors, managers, and directors. The summit features keynotes, exhibits, pre-conference courses, and tracks on compliance, safety, measurement and control, distribution and technology, engineering, and technical training. Other summit highlights include 130+ technology exhibits, and numerous social and networking opportunities. 


Monday, August 12, 2019
08:00 AM -  04:00 PM    MEA Train the Evaluator [separate registration required; link coming soon]
01:00 PM -  03:00 PM    Technical Products Advisory Committee Meeting
01:00 PM  - 04:00 PM    Gas Committee Planning Meeting

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
07:30 AM -  09:30 AM    Continuation of Gas Committee Planning Meeting
08:00 AM -  04:00 PM    EnergyU Overview Training [separate registration; link coming soon]
08:00 AM -  04:00 PM    Exhibitor Move-In 
08:00 AM -  05:00 PM    Registration Check-In
08:30 AM -  04:30 PM    Golf Outing** [optional pre-summit activity; sign up while registering online]
09:00 AM -  03:30 PM    Fly Fishing Activity** [optional pre-summit activity
01:00 PM  - 04:00 PM    Technical Training Committee Meeting
01:00 PM  - 04:00 PM    Fire School | MERC** (Class has been filled)
04:30 PM  - 07:30 PM   Welcome Reception | Mayowood Barn - Shuttles to the reception will depart from the Mayo Civic Center

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
 07:00 AM - 07:55 AM    Registration | Continental Breakfast | Exhibits
 08:00 AM - 09:25 AM    Awards and Opening Keynote
 09:30 AM - 10:25 AM    Classroom Sessions
 10:25 AM - 11:10 AM    Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
 11:10 AM - 12:05 PM    Classroom Sessions
 12:05 PM - 01:30 PM    Lunch in Exhibit Hall
 01:30 PM - 02:25 PM    Classroom Sessions
 02:25 PM - 03:10 PM    Afternoon Break in Exhibit Hall
 03:10 PM - 05:05 PM    Classroom Sessions
 05:05 PM - 06:30 PM    Reception in Exhibit Hall

Thursday, August 15, 2019
07:15 AM -  08:00 AM    Registration | Continental Breakfast | Exhibits
08:00 AM -  09:55 AM    Classroom Sessions
09:55 AM -  10:25 AM    Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
10:25 AM -  11:20 AM    Classroom Sessions
11:20 AM -  12:20 PM    Lunch in Exhibit Hall
12:20 PM -  02:15 PM   Classroom Sessions
02:15 PM                       Conference Adjourns


**Optional Pre-Summit Course & Activities | Sign up is required during registration
5th Annual MEA Golf Outing
Dodge Country Club | Dodge Center, MN
Join fellow attendees and vendors for a round of golf on Tuesday, August 13. Green fees, cart rental, lunch, and drink tickets are included. Transportation is not provided. Club rentals are not available. 
Cost: $70/person

Golf Outing Schedule
8:00 AM | Registration
9:00 AM | Shotgun Start
11:00 AM | Lunch (available for pickup at the Pavilion)
2:30 PM | Prize Presentations
3:00 PM | Depart Golf Course

MEA Fly Fishing Activity
On Tuesday, August 13, join expert fishing guides as you embark on a guided fly fishing expedition at Whitewater State Park. Waders, rods, flies, tackle, transportation from/to the Mayo Civic Center, and a streamside lunch are included
Cost: $100/person 
PLEASE NOTE:  If you do not have a fishing license or trout stamp, you must purchase it separately here.

Fishing Activity Schedule
9:00 AM | Pick up at Mayo Civic Center (Lower Level | Grand Lobby West)
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM | Class and Instruction
10:30 AM | Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Casting Practice
12:00 PM | Lunch
1:00 PM | Guided Fishing in Whitewater Streams
3:30 PM | Return to Mayo Civic Center

Three Ways to take your Physical Conditioning to the Next Level
Tuesday, August 13 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Mayo Clinic's Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
Mayo Clinic physical activity and exercise experts share insights on how technology (activity trackers, heart monitors, etc), interval training (shake up your routine and wake up your body), and adding more movement to your daily routine (non exercise activity thermogenesis) can help you reach your next level physical activity goals.  This class is part of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.  The course will take place on the 6th floor of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center located at 565 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN.  This is just a 15 minute walk outdoors from the Mayo Civic Center or a 20-minute walk via the skyway. 
Cost: $40/person

Fire School (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, August 13 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | The MERC Center
This class provides attendees basic fire behavior education and actual hands-on firefighting training using various fire extinguishers on multiple fuel types, including natural gas. Transportation from/to the Mayo Civic Center is included.

Practical Tips for Healthier Eating at Home, Away From Home, and On The Go
Tuesday, August 13 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Mayo Clinic's Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center
Mayo Clinic nutrition experts share practical tips and techniques to implement for healthier eating at home, away from home and onl the go. This class is part of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program.  The course will take place on the 6th floor of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center located at 565 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN.  This is just a 15 minute walk outdoors from the Mayo Civic Center or a 20-minute walk via the skyway. 
Cost: $40/person

Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive
Rochester, MN 55904

Hotel Information
MEA has secured a block of rooms at numerous hotels within walking distance to the Mayo Civic Center. Click here for a listing of hotels.

Air Travel

  • The Rochester International Airport (RST), located 15 minutes from the Mayo Civic Center, is served by Delta, American, and United Airlines offering 13 flights daily to Atlanta, Chicago and Minneapolis. 
  • The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is located 1.5 hours north of the Mayo Civic Center.


  • There are a number of parking ramps and surface lots within a short walk of the Mayo Civic Center. The parking ramps are connected to the Civic Center by skyway. 
  • Your hotel may also provide free shuttle service to the Civic Center. 
  • Click here for public parking information. 

Registration Rates

  • MEA Member Rate* | $455 per person
  • MEA Standard Non-Member Rate | $765 per person

Member company registrants must log in to receive the *member rate. If your company is not an MEA member, you may continue without logging in to register at the non-member rate.

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Cancellation Policy 
Cancellations received 10 business days prior to the conference are refundable less a $35 service charge. Cancellations within 10 business days of the conference are non-refundable.  Substitutions may be made at any time.

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30 Civic Center Drive
Rochester, MN 55904