KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 4, 2013 – Kissimmee Utility Authority will celebrate Public Power Week on Oct. 6-12, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.
Public Power Week is a national, annual event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C., the national service organization for the nation’s community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities.
“This year’s Public Power Week coincides with KUA’s 28th anniversary of serving the community,” said Jim Welsh, KUA’s president and general manager. “Public power systems like KUA are an expression of the American ideal of local people working together to meet their community’s needs. Like schools, parks, police, and fire protection, this utility is governed locally and operated to provide an essential public service.”
Among the activities planned for Public Power Week:
• KUA officially kicks off its 20th annual calendar art contest by inviting students to use the power of art to promote energy conservation. A panel of local judges will select the twelve best entries – one for each calendar month – which will be featured in the utility’s 2014 full-color wall calendar. Details: https://kua.com/calendar
• KUA will host a weeklong celebration 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 serve as a major sponsor of the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Energy Connections Conference on Oct. 10-11 in Orlando. The annual training involves utility employees from throughout the state in the specialty areas of customer service, transmission and distribution, and safety and training.
• Board of Directors Meeting – The KUA board will honor five employees with a combined total of 50 years of service to the utility.
• To cap off the week, KUA will host Osceola County’s largest annual outdoor Latin music festival – Viva Osceola – at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Oct. 12. The event will feature live entertainment, featuring Puerto Rican salsa singer and bandleader Tony Vega and singer-songwriter and actress Lourdes Robles. The event will also include dancing, art, food and drink and a kid’s play area. Admission and parking are free.
Founded in 1901, KUA (https://kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent