KUA Celebrates Public Power Week, Oct. 2-8


KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 2, 2016 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek) Oct. 2-8, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity KUA provides to our community,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “Public power puts the people of Kissimmee first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power that supports strong communities.”

KUA invites residents to participate in a variety of Public Power Week events. Activities include:

  • KUA officially kicked off its 23rd annual calendar art contest Sunday 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 2017 full-color wall calendar and receive a $150 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.
  • The utility will host a weeklong celebration (Oct. 3-7) 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.
  • KUA will sponsor a National Night Out cookout on Oct. 4 to promote local involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and to help build neighborhood camaraderie.
  • KUA is sponsoring a Downtown Update on Oct. 5, in partnership with the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. The “State of Downtown” address provides an opportunity for citizens to hear firsthand what city staff and commissioners are working on for the next 12 months and beyond in Kissimmee’s downtown corridor.
  • At its monthly meeting on Oct. 5, the utility’s board of directors will install a new member, followed by an election of officers. The board will also honor five employees with a combined total of 75 years of service to the utility.
  • KUA will kick off its 2016-17 Movie in the Park series on Oct. 7. The first event will feature the fantasy adventure film “The Jungle Book,” shown on a giant 32-foot screen. Attendees will enjoy free popcorn, a kid’s inflatable fun zone, a jungle animal craft station, trivia contest and prize giveaways. Through hands-on demonstrations, the event will also be an opportunity for customers to learn how to lower their monthly utility bills.
  • To cap off the week, the utility 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. 8. The event will feature live entertainment including Johnny Rivera, an American salsa singer of Puerto Rican descent. The event will also include dancing, art, food and drink and a kid’s play area. Admission and parking are free.

About Public Power Week

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association (http://www.publicpower.org) in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans. APPA partners with its members to promote public power, helping community-owned utilities deliver superior services through joint advocacy, education and collaboration.

Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.