KUA Honored for Excellence in Community Service

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., Oct. 4, 3:00 p.m. – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today honored Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) with its 2006 Community Service Award for the utility’s longstanding, major commitment to addressing community needs.

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 Clearwater Beach.

The award is presented 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.

“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 200 community projects and activities. Notable projects included the “Flee to be Free” child abduction awareness program, 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.

About FMEA
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.

About KUA
Founded in 1901, KUA (
www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116