25 KUA Employees Graduate from Certified Public Manager Program

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., September 7, 2012 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is pleased to announce the graduation of 25 employees from Florida’s Certified Public Manager program. The utility graduates are among 300 individuals statewide who completed the program this summer.

The CPM program is a nationally recognized leadership development program currently delivered in 38 states. Its purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to taxpayers. Graduates complete a rigorous two-year program, including 32 days of training in addition to required projects and exams.

More than 100 government agencies — including city, county, state and constitutional offices — have participated in the Florida CPM program. The Florida Cabinet has recognized the program as a “preferred management development program.”

Florida has one of the largest and most successful CPM programs in the country, with more than 4,000 graduates statewide. The program is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University, which is part of the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy.

In honor of the new graduates, Florida Gov. Rick Scott designated the week of Aug. 12-18 as “Certified Public Manager Recognition Week.”

The 25 CPM graduates from KUA include:

Bud Ajdukovic
John Ambrosi
Judy Ambrosi
Matt Baker
Neil Beville
Mike Blough
Alan Burkhardt
Alisa Dalton
John Davis
Scott Grieves
Aaron Haderle
Jim Harnois
Cindy Herrera
Christine Infante
Randy James
Lowell Knollinger
Tony Morelli
Susan Postans
Ben Radford
George Richards
Jose Santiago
Jason Terry
Bruce Thompson
Matt Wetzel
Greg Woessner

Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836