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Top of Page Communication Awards

2007

Image Awards
Annual Report Category
Image Award – 2006 Annual Report “What You Don’t See”

Four-Color Brochure Category
Image Award – Cane Island Power Park Brochure
Judge’s Award – Cane Island Power Park Brochure

Poster/Calendar Category
Image Award - 2007 Calendar of Electrical Safety
Judge’s Award - 2007 Calendar of Electrical Safety

Audio/Visual Tools Category
Image Award – 2006 Annual Report, Interactive Online Version
Grand Image Award – 2006 Annual Report, Interactive Online Version

2006

Golden Image Awards
Crisis Communications Category
Award of Distinction - 2005 Hurricane Information Campaign

Special Event Category
Award of Distinction – Decommissioning of Roy E. Hansel generating station
Judges Award – Decommissioning of Roy E. Hansel generating station

Annual Report Category
Golden Image – 2005 Annual Report, "A Lifetime of Power"

Communicator Awards
Award of Excellence –2005 Annual Report, Printed version
Award of Excellence –2005 Annual Report, Interactive online version
Award of Distinction –2005 Annual Report, Photography
Award of Distinction – 2005 Osceola Hurricane Handbook
Honorable Mention – Commemorative Roy E. Hansel Plant Poster

Image Awards
Calendar/Poster Category –
Image Award – 2006 Calendar of Energy Conservation
Grand Image – 2006 Calendar of Energy Conservation

Public Relations Programs Division
Award of Distinction - Decommissioning of Roy E. Hansel generating station

Crisis Communications Category
Image Award – 2005 Hurricane Information Campaign

Audio/Visual
Judges Award - 2005 Annual Report, Interactive online version
Image Award - 2005 Annual Report, Interactive online version
Grand Image - 2005 Annual Report, Interactive online version

APEX
Grand Award – 2005 Osceola Hurricane Handbook
Award of Excellence – Interactive online version of 2005 Annual Report
Award of Excellence – 2005 Annual Report Photography

APPA National Annual Report Contest
Award of Excellence – 2005 Annual Report

Black Book AR100 Awards – 2005 Annual Report

American Graphic Design Awards
2005 Annual Report
Commemorative Roy E. Hansel Plant Poster

ADDY Awards
Gold ADDY Award – 2005 Annual Report, 4 Color annual report
Gold ADDY Award – 2005 Annual Report, Color photography
Silver ADDY Award– 2005 Annual Report, Interactive online version

2005

KUA captured two statewide awards in the 2005 Golden Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Florida Public Relations Association. The competition recognizes outstanding public relations programs and encourages and promotes the development of excellence in internal and external communications. In the annual report category, KUA received a Golden Image Award for its 48-page annual report -- titled "Beyond Measure. In the poster/calendar category, KUA received a Golden Image Award for its 2005 calendar of electrical safety.

KUA was honored with two awards of excellence in APEX 2005, the seventeenth annual international awards program recognizing excellence in printed and online publications.

KUA received a Grand Award - one of only 100 given out worldwide - for its new residential energy guide, "The Case of the Rising Electric Bills" and an award of excellence for its 2004 annual report titled "Beyond Measure."

KUA took home two awards the 2005 Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. In the printed tool category, KUA received an Image Award for its 2004 Osceola Hurricane Handbook. In the annual report category, KUA received an Award of Distinction for its 2004 annual report.

KUA received three awards in the 2005 Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards is an international awards program that honors excellence in printed communications. A Crystal Award of Excellence was awarded to KUA for its 28-page energy conservation guide. Awards of Distinction were presented to the utility for its 2004 hurricane handbook and 2004 annual report.

KUA's 2003 annual report - titled "ON" - received a gold ADDY® award. Sponsored by the Orlando club of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the ADDY® awards are the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, recognizing creative excellence and the very best advertising worldwide. The ADDY® Awards are unique among competitions because it includes three rigorous levels of judging: local, regional and national/international.

2004

The Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) received the Award of Excellence from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for its 2003 annual report, titled "ON." KUA earned the award among electric utilities with gross annual revenues of $100-$199 million.

In recognition of its creative approach to graphic design, KUA's 2003 annual report was honored with an award of excellence in the 2004 American Graphic Design Awards. Sponsored by Graphic Design:usa magazine, the American Graphic Design Awards honor new, outstanding graphic design, advertising art and marketing communications. The annual report was produced by KUA's corporate communications division with assistance from graphic designer Popcorn Initiative and commercial photographer Ed McDonald, both of Orlando, FL.

Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) was honored with three awards at this year's Florida Public Relations Association annual awards for the best public relations programs and tactics in the state:

  • 2004 Calendar of Energy Conservation won a Judges' Award and a Golden Image Award, FPRA's highest category recognition and
  • KUA's 2002 annual report received an Award of Distinction

KUA is the only utility in the U.S. to be honored with a Grand Award of Excellence in APEX 2004, the sixteenth annual international awards program recognizing excellence in printed and online publications. KUA was also honored with three Awards of Excellence in the competition.

  • Grand Award of Excellence for its 2003 annual report,
  • An Award of Excellence for its "We're Juiced" business of the year print advertisement, and
  • Two Awards of Excellence were also presented to KUA's Internet subsidiary, KUA.net, for its design of the Web site of Access Osceola, www.access-osceola.org, and the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, www.fpra-orlando.org.

KUA won four awards at the 2004 Image Awards sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Campaign:

  • Image award for 2003 annual report
  • Award of Distinction for 2002 annual report
  • Both an Image Award and Grand Image Award in the Printed Tools category for 2004 calendar of energy conservation

KUA won five awards at the international Communicator Awards honoring excellence in printed communications:

  • Crystal Awards of Excellence for both 2002 and 2003 annual final reports.
  • Award of distinction for cover design of 2003 annual report
  • Awards of distinction for the KUA employee newsletter, Power Line, and KUA's website design for the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association

In recognition of its creative excellence, Kissimmee Utility Authority's 2002 annual report received gold and silver ADDY® awards.

KUA received the Award of Excellence in the Communicator Awards 2003 Video Competition for the pilot episode of KUA's bi-monthly technology show, "That's IT." An Honorable Mention award was presented to KUA for its "Plugged In" community education series on hurricane preparedness. Both shows were produced by and broadcast on Access Osceola, the local government access channel serving Osceola County, FL.

2003

Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) received several awards for the 2003 Calendar of Electrical Safety at the Florida Public Relations Association's 2003 Golden Image Awards.

  • Golden Image Award 
  • Grand Golden Image Award

KUA received four international awards in APEX 2003, the fifteenth annual awards program recognizing excellence in publications. KUA received awards of excellence for:

  • The corporate Web site, www.kua.com,
  • 2003 calendar of electrical safety
  • 2002 Osceola hurricane guide, a joint information project with Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC).
  • KUA's Internet subsidiary, KUA.net, also received an award of excellence for its design of the Web site of the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, www.fpra-orlando.org.

Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) received several awards for its 2003 Calendar of Electrical Safety at the Image Awards sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

  • Grand Image Award, the highest award presented
  • Image Award, the highest level of awards in each category
  • Judges' Award, recognizing projects that receive maximum results using a minimum budget.

KUA was awarded several recognitions at the 2003 international Communicator Awards including:

  • The Crystal Award of Excellence honoring KUA's 2002 Osceola Hurricane Guide
  • Awards of Distinction were presented to the utility for its Cane Island Power Park informational brochure and its monthly employee newsletter, Power Line.
  • An Honorable Mention award presented to KUA's internet subsidiary, KUA.net, for its design of the website of the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

2002

KUA earned four awards at the Florida Public Relations Association's 2002 Golden Image Awards competition including:

  • An Award of Distinction in the crisis communications category for its comprehensive response to the September 11 terrorist attacks, including the expansion of its customer payment policies to assist those impacted financially, the raising of more than $37,000 to assist customers unable to pay their utility bills because of unemployment, and the free distribution of 58,000 U.S. flags to local residents to encourage patriotism.
  • A Judges' Award in the internal communications category for its development and construction of a brick walkway at the Employee Electric Substation. The walkway features individual bricks with the names and personal messages of KUA's 289 employees.
  • A Golden Image Award in the annual report category for its 2001 annual report/centennial history titled "Generation for the Generations." The book features a financial summary of 2001 as well as a nine-chapter narrative on the utility's 100 years of service to the community.
  • A Golden Image Award in the poster/calendar category for its 2002 Calendar of Energy Conservation that featured the artwork of 12 Osceola County elementary students.

APEX 2002 Awards for Publication Excellence competition:

  • KUA received awards of excellence for its 2000 annual report and its corporate website, www.kua.com.

2002 Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association:

  • In the crisis communications category, KUA received an Image Award and a Judges' Award for its customer response and recovery to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
  • In the internal communications category, KUA received an Award of Distinction for its designation and construction of an electric substation and walkway in honor of utility employees.
  • In the special events category, KUA received an Award of Distinction for its year-long Electric Centennial Celebration.
  • In the annual report category, KUA received an Award of Distinction for its 2001 annual report and centennial history, titled "Generation for the Generations."
  • In the poster/calendar category, KUA received the Grand Image Award for Best Printed Tool and an Image Award for its 2002 Calendar of Energy Conservation that features the artwork of 12 Osceola elementary students.

Communicator Awards 2002 print media competition:

  • The Crystal Award of Excellence honored KUA's 2001 annual report/centennial history book.
  • Awards of Distinction were presented to KUA for its printed invitation to the Roy E. Hansel Generating Station mural dedication, its team logo design for the 2001 Florida Lineman's Competition, and its monthly employee newsletter, Power Line.
  • KUA's Good Neighbor Energy Fund "United We Stand" bill insert earned an Honorable Mention from the judges. The bill stuffer raised more than $36,000 to help KUA customers experiencing financial difficulty pay their KUA utility bills following the post-September 11 economic slowdown.

2001

2001 Crystal Awards - an annual competition sponsored by the Florida Government Communicators Association (FGCA):

  • First Place in the crisis communications category for the revitalization of the historic Roy E. Hansel power plant. 
  • First Place in the annual/quarterly report category for the 2001 annual report, titled "connections." 
  • Second Place in the single-topic publication category for KUA's 2001 calendar of electrical safety. 
  • First Place in the video category, KUA, City of Kissimmee, and Osceola District Schools jointly received a first place award for the Access Osceola promotional video

2001 Golden Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Florida Public Relations Association:

  • In the institutional communications category, KUA received an Award of Distinction and Judges' Award for its recent image revitalization of the Roy E. Hansel power plant.
  • In the still photography category, KUA received a Golden Image Award and a Judges' Award for its group photograph of employees that marked the utility's 15th anniversary in October 2000. 
  • In the annual report category, KUA received a Golden Image Award for its 2000 annual financial report titled "connections." 
  • In the poster/calendar category, KUA received a Golden Image Award and a Judges' Award for its 2001 Calendar of Electrical Safety that featured the artwork of 12 Osceola elementary students.

APEX 2001 Awards for Publication Excellence competition:

  • KUA received awards of excellence for its 2001 Calendar of Electrical Safety and its effective crisis communications response to a 1999 burglary of $250,000 in utility payments.
  • KUA.net, the Internet division of KUA, received an award of excellence in the Web site design category for its development of the online home of the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

2001 Image Awards - an annual competition sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association:

  • In the institutional category, KUA received both an Image and Judges' Award for its image revitalization of the Roy E. Hansel power plant, including public education and tours, a giant painted mural, and the restoration of a historic steam whistle.
  • In the still photography category, KUA received a Judges' Award for its 15th anniversary employee photo. 
  • In the annual report category, KUA received an Image Award for its 2000 annual report.
  • In the poster and calendar category, KUA received both an Image and Judges' Award for its 2001 Calendar of Electrical Safety.

The Communicator Awards 2001 print media competition:

  • The Crystal Award of Excellence honored the printed invitation for the Hansel whistle dedication held last October.
  • Awards of Distinction were presented to KUA for its 2000 Osceola Hurricane Guide (a partnership with the Orlando Utilities Commission) and its monthly employee newsletter, Power Line.
  • KUA's 2001 Calendar of Electrical Safety and its Cane Island power plant facility map both earned Honorable Mentions from the judges.

Top of Page Lineman Awards

2005

KUA crews brought home the nation's second best ranking from the fifth annual Public Power Lineworkers' Rodeo in Memphis, Tenn. on April 16. In addition, they scored highest among participating Florida utilities. KUA's team earned a score of 498 out of 500 possible points and took third place event trophies for the alley arm insulator replacement and oil circuit recloser change out.


KUA lineworkers brought home high marks and two trophies from the fifth annual Florida Lineman's Competition on April 2 in Tallahassee, Fla. KUA's two journeyman teams scored 500 and 494 points respectively out of 500 possible points. One team earned a second place trophy in the crossarm change out event. Chris Ketner placed fifth overall in the apprentice competition with a perfect score of 500 points.

2003

The third annual Florida Lineman's Rodeo:

  • Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) crews brought home four trophies and the second fastest competition time. 
  • KUA's two teams placed 6th and 21st in the state and earned three event trophies, including first place for poletop insulator changeout. 
  • Jamie Boswell earned a third place trophy in the streetlight changeout event.

2002

19th Annual International Lineman's Rodeo:

  • In the municipal apprentice competition, Scott Grieves placed 15th in the world, Logan Murphy placed 19th, and Jamie Boswell placed 37th. 
  • Kissimmee Utility Authority's three-person team scored 394 points out of a possible 400 to place 8th best in the world in the municipal competition.

Second Annual Florida Lineman's Rodeo:

  • KUA's three teams placed 8th, 15th and 18th in the state and earned three event trophies, including second place for the pole climb. 
  • Jamie Boswell earned the title of the state's top apprentice lineman and earned two trophies and a $500 check.

2001

KUA crews won a first place trophy from the first annual Florida Lineman's Rodeo in the mystery event which involved overhead line construction.


Top of Page Budgeting Awards

2004

KUA has earned certification from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada (APT) for its written investment policy. The Investment Policy Certification recognizes KUA's successful development of a comprehensive written investment policy that meets criteria set forth by the Association.

2003

For the 17th consecutive year, KUA was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2003 budget.

2002

KUA's 2001 annual report, titled "Generation for the Generations," earned the Award of Excellence, the top award in a national annual report contest conducted by the American Public Power Association (APPA).

2001

KUA was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2000 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).


Top of Page Customer/Community Awards

2005

KUA was named a "Top 100 Company for Working Families" by the Orlando Sentinel. This is the eighth consecutive year the utility has been recognized in the program. The award is given annually to progressive companies that create an environment that nurtures employees and supports the family. The Orlando Sentinel, which compiles and prints the annual list, considers a number of areas to determine its annual rankings. KUA has been a leader, earning recognition from the judges for its "offerings of unique programs for employee families, ongoing employee reward system, wide range of benefits and options, in-house communications, and other innovative programs."

KUA made the Best Places to Work 2005 list, ranking fifth overall in the large company category with a score of 85.16. The finalists were selected based on the results of online confidential surveys completed by employees. The survey was conducted by the Orlando Business Journal in partnership with Wichita, Kan.-based QMR Market Research.

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) honored KUA as the recipient of the association's "Community Restoration Award" for its outstanding efforts to restore electric service in the wake of the destruction levied by four powerful hurricanes that struck Florida in August and September of last year.


2004

For the seventh time in as many years, KUA has been named among the region's top 100 companies for working families.

2002

KUA was presented with the prestigious 2002 Business of the Year Award, an award is given annually by the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce.

2001

KUA received the Century Award from the American Public Power Association on June 27, the eve of its 100th anniversary.

KUA received the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce downtown beautification award for the month of June 2001 recognizing the giant Centennial Mural completed at the Roy E. Hansel power plant in downtown Kissimmee.

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