KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 18, 2:00 p.m. – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today honored Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) with its 2005 Florida Community Service Award for exemplary public service to the community.
FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline presented the award to KUA during ceremonies held this afternoon at the association’s annual Energy Connections Workshop & Trade Show in Daytona Beach.
The award is given annually to utilities whose achievement or sustained performance shows a commitment or the commitment of its employees to enhance 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.
“I am delighted that KUA has received statewide recognition for its work in the local community,” said KUA president and general manager Jim Welsh. “It is only fitting that a community that supports its utility should be supported in return.”
In the past year, KUA supported 143 community projects and activities that directly impacted 468,800 individuals. Notable projects included the funding of the “Flee to be Free” child abduction awareness program as well as immunization programs and youth swimming lessons for families unable to afford them.
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
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