KUA Wins Two Statewide PR Awards

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 10, 8:30 a.m. – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) captured two statewide awards Tuesday in the 2005 Golden Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Florida Public Relations Association.

The competition recognizes outstanding public relations programs and encourages and promotes the development of excellence in internal and external communications.

In the annual report category, KUA received a Golden Image Award for its 48-page annual report — titled “Beyond Measure.” The publication featured a financial summary of 2004 as well as a behind-the-scenes narrative on the 2004 hurricane season and how the utility and its employees survived and thrived during the most devastating seven weeks in its history.

The annual report is available for download at http://www.kua.com/Corporate/Press/Reports/2004/2004_Annual_Report.aspx.

In the poster/calendar category, KUA received a Golden Image Award for its 2005 calendar of electrical safety. The calendar is part of an ongoing effort to increase public awareness of electrical safety among school children. The calendar featured the artwork of third, fourth and fifth grade students in Osceola County. This year’s contest drew 570 student entries, representing 21 Osceola County public, private and charter schools.

The winning artwork from the 2005 calendar is available for viewing online at http://www.kua.com/Community/Features/StudentArt05/Index.aspx.

The awards were presented August 9 at FPRA’s 67th annual conference in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Since 1995, KUA has won 171 international, national and regional public relations awards in such categories as public affairs, crisis communications, community relations, product introduction, employee communications and other communications specialty areas.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com