KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 6, 2014 – Kissimmee Utility Authority celebrates Public Power Week on Oct. 5-11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.
Public Power Week is a national, annual event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association in Arlington, Virginia, the national service organization for the nation’s community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities.
“This year’s Public Power Week coincides with KUA’s 29th anniversary of serving the community,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “Public power systems like KUA are an expression of the American ideal of local people working together to meet their community’s needs. Like schools, parks, police and fire protection, this utility is governed locally and operated to provide an essential public service.”
KUA kicked off the weeklong celebration this past weekend with a free Movie in the Park event, featuring the animated adventure comedy film “The Lego Movie.” More than 1,000 citizens packed Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park to enjoy free popcorn, a mobile game theatre featuring five Lego video games, themed activities, trivia contests and prize giveaways.
Other activities planned for Public Power Week include:
• KUA officially kicks off its 21st annual calendar art contest by inviting students to use the power of art to promote electrical safety. Twelve winning students – one for each calendar month – will have their artwork featured in the utility’s 2015 full-color wall calendar and receive a $100 cash prize. A grand prize winner, selected from the 12 winning students, will have his/her name and artwork featured on the calendar cover and affixed to a KUA bucket truck for one year. Details: http://kua.com/calendar
• KUA will host a weeklong celebration in its Customer Service department in honor of Customer Service Week, an international event dedicated to recognizing the importance and the people who serve and support customers. It became a nationally recognized event in 1992.
• Board of Directors Meeting – The utility’s board of directors will honor 16 employees with a combined total of 275 years of service to the utility.
• KUA will sponsor two National Night Out cookouts to promote local involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and to help build neighborhood camaraderie.
• KUA will participate in the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Energy Connections Conference on Oct. 9-10 in Orlando. The annual training involves utility employees from throughout the state in the specialty areas of customer service, transmission and distribution, and safety and training.
• To cap off the week, KUA will host Osceola County’s largest annual outdoor Latin music festival – Viva Osceola – at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Oct. 11. The event will feature live entertainment including Grupo Manía, a popular merengue group from Puerto Rico. The event will also include dancing, art, food and drink and a kid’s play area. Admission and parking are free.
Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris Gent