Utility Honored for Community Service

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 14, 2008 – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has presented its 2008 Community Service Award to Kissimmee Utility Authority for its strong commitment to addressing community needs.

FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline presented the award to KUA during ceremonies held Nov. 12 at the association’s Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show in Orlando.

The award is presented annually to utilities that enhance the quality of life for their communities by sponsoring activities that address community needs and improve the area’s social, cultural, education and economic environment.

“Partnering with the community is a core value of our organization and part of our mission statement,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “I am thrilled that KUA has again received statewide recognition for its work in the local community.”

In the past year, KUA has financially supported more than 250 community projects and activities. Notable projects included the “Flee to be Free” child abduction awareness program, voter registration drives, student scholarships, holiday gift drives and free swimming lessons for families unable to afford them.

KUA’s mission statement: To provide reliable and economical services to our customers while partnering with the community and the environment.

About FMEA
Based in Tallahassee, FMEA (
www.publicpower.com) is the service organization that represents Florida’s 34 municipally-owned electric utilities and the more than three million people these utilities serve.

About KUA
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) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com