KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 9, 2015 – Reginald Hardee, chairman of the board of directors of Kissimmee Utility Authority, today received the American Public Power Association Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award at the Association’s national conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The award was initiated in 1984 to recognize personal service to APPA by elected and appointed officials. It honors Spence Vanderlinden of Harlan, Iowa, first chair of the APPA Policy Makers Council. Hardee is one of four winners in 2015.
Hardee’s participation in public power on a national level began in 2008 when he first attended APPA’s Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C. He has attended every Legislative Rally since. As a member of the APPA Policymakers Council, Hardee meets with state and national policymakers and elected officials to advocate on issues of importance to the public power community. He also meets with other Council members at least twice a year, and participates in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff for the purposes of supporting APPA’s national legislative agenda.
Hardee also participates in the Florida Municipal Electric Association Legislative Rally and keeps public power on the radar of state legislators.
Hardee is technology director for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and has more than 20 years of strategic planning and budgeting experience. He joined the utility board in 2007, serving as its first African-American member.
The American Public Power 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.
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