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Welcome to the FRI

The Financial Research Institute (FRI) was established in 1988 at the University of Missouri to promote education, research and service across various areas of finance. Today, through its public utility division, the FRI provides a neutral environment for stakeholders in regulated public utility industries to come together to examine, understand, and debate current issues relating to public utility policy.

The FRI Public Utility Symposium, held in the fall, examines issues that impact consumers, industry, and regulators. Held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia, MO, this one-day symposium brings together regulators and commission staff, legislators, utility managers, policy analysts, attorneys, consumer advocates and academics. The FRI Advanced Pricing Seminar, held in late spring, brings together a range of industry experts to discuss issues around industry innovation, dynamics, and pricing in the electric industry. We also host a series of Hot Topic Hotline webinars throughout the year.

The FRI is housed within and under the academic leadership of the University’s Division of Applied Social Sciences. Working in cooperation with MU Extension, the FRI shares in the University’s mission of engagement and economic development. Learn more about FRI, our staff, and programs from the About FRI page.

Join Our Next Hot Topic Hotline!



“Utility Commercialization of Fiber and Other Communication Assets”

Join us for our next HTH webinar to discuss opportunities for utilities to commercialize fiber network infrastructure and other communication assets. The webinar will be moderated by FRI Board Member Elin Katz, VP of Utilities at Tilson. Our panelists include John Smola, Alabama Power Company; Josh Broder, Tilson; and FRI Board Member and Commissioner Brandon Presley, Mississippi Public Service Commission.