KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 2, 2017 – Kissimmee Utility Authority is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek) Oct. 1-7, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.
“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity KUA provides to our community,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “Public power puts the people of Kissimmee first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power that supports strong communities.”
KUA invites residents to participate in a variety of Public Power Week events, including:
- KUA has officially launched its 24th annual calendar art contest by inviting students to use the power of art to promote energy conservation. Twelve winning students – one for each calendar month – will have their artwork featured in the utility’s 2018 full color wall calendar and receive a $150 cash prize. A grand prize winner, selected from the 12 winning students, will have his/her name and artwork featured on the calendar cover and affixed to a KUA vehicle for one year. Details: https://kua.com/calendar.
- KUA will host a weeklong celebration (Oct. 2-6) in its Customer Service department in honor of Customer Service Week, an international event dedicated to recognizing the importance and the people who serve and support customers. It became a nationally recognized event in 1992.
- KUA will sponsor two National Night Out cookouts on Oct. 3 to promote local involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and to help build neighborhood camaraderie.
- At its monthly meeting on Oct. 4, the utility’s board of directors will install a new member, followed by an election of officers. The board will also honor nine employees with a combined 100 years of service to the utility.
- To cap off the week, KUA will kick off its 2017-18 Movie in the Park series on Oct. 6. The first event will feature the animated comedy film “The Boss Baby,” shown on a giant 32-foot screen. Attendees will enjoy free popcorn, a kid’s inflatable fun zone, trivia contest and prize giveaways. Through hands-on demonstrations, the event will also be an opportunity for customers to learn how to lower their monthly utility bills. The event will also serve as a collection point for donations of critically-needed items for hurricane relief for the people of Puerto Rico.
About Public Power Week
Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association (http://www.publicpower.org) in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 49 million Americans. APPA partners with its members to promote public power, helping community-owned utilities deliver superior services through joint advocacy, education and collaboration.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 74,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.