KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 10, 2007 – The Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) has received the 2007 Community Service Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) for its long-standing commitment to addressing community needs.
FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline presented the award to KUA during ceremonies held Wednesday at the association’s annual Energy Connections Workshop & Trade Show in Jacksonville.
The award is presented annually to utilities whose achievement or sustained performance shows a commitment to enhancing the quality of life in a community. This is provided through social, cultural, educational, environmental and economic programs and by providing opportunity for employee involvement.
“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, child immunization programs, 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.
Based in Tallahassee, FMEA is a service organization that represents Florida’s 33 municipally-owned electric utilities and the more than 2.8 million people these utilities serve.
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