Utility Honored for Community Service

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 10, 2014 – The Florida Municipal Electric Association has presented its 2014 Community Service Award to Kissimmee Utility Authority for the utility’s strong commitment to addressing community needs during the past year. KUA was one of 16 utilities honored statewide.

FMEA executive director Barry Moline presented the award to KUA during ceremonies held Thursday at the association’s Energy Connections Conference in Orlando.

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

In the past year, KUA supported 51 community organizations and activities that impacted a combined 273,863 residents. Notable projects included:

• daily employee delivery of meals to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels
• clothing drive for victims of domestic violence
• distribution of 65,000 free hurricane preparedness guides
• funding of a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless veterans
• provided employee volunteers to help build a boundless playground where children, with and without disabilities, can play
• funding of a community dog park with an agility course
• provided college scholarships to local high school students
• financial support of an independent living home for teens who have “aged out” of the foster care system
• hosting of community blood drives and voter registration drives
• holiday toy drives for children in need

“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.”

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

Founded in 1901, KUA (http://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

Contact: Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836(407) 933-9836