KUA Adopts Local Vendor Preference

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 9, 2009 – To help jump-start the local economy and expand the opportunity for local vendors, Kissimmee Utility Authority on Wednesday adopted a temporary local vendor preference policy.

The new provision, which sunsets after one year, enables a local vendor whose bid is within five percent of the lowest bid — when the lowest bidder is not a local business — to match that offer and win the contract. The policy is applicable to all of the utility’s requests for quotation and/or formal bid solicitations, other than those covered by the exceptions detailed in the policy.

To qualify as a local business, a vendor must have operated its headquarters, manufacturing facility or locally-owned franchise in Osceola County for at least one year and show proof of a valid business license and record of paid business and/or property tax in the county for the most recent tax year.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836