KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 29, 2011 – The American Public Power Association today announced the selection of Kissimmee, Fla. as the host city of its 2013 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo.
The 13th annual competition, which is expected to draw hundreds of participants and spectators from throughout the U.S., will be hosted by Kissimmee Utility Authority on April 6, 2013. The purpose of the rodeo is to recognize the profession of line work as well as demonstrate the safety, skill and education of electric linemen.
“This event will be a great opportunity for Kissimmee to showcase its city to a national audience,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “KUA will ensure that the lineman’s competition is a memorable event both for the city and the participants.”
The rodeo has been previously hosted in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Colorado Springs, Colo., Jacksonville, Fla., San Antonio, Texas, Memphis, Tenn., Sacramento, Calif., Marietta, Ga., Indianapolis, Ind., Austin, Texas, Omaha, Neb. and Nashville, Tenn. The 2012 rodeo will be held in Cleveland, Ohio.
Based in Washington, D.C., APPA (http://publicpower.org) is the national service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities serving 46 million customers.
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