KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 24, 2009 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) won three awards Thursday evening at the 2009 Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. The winners were announced at a dinner held at CityArts Factory in downtown Orlando.
The utility earned one of the competition’s biggest honors – a Grand Image Award — as well as two Image Awards. Only three Grand Image Awards are handed out each year.
The Image Awards competition recognizes companies that exhibit and employ comprehensive public relations projects that meet the highest standards of excellence in four components of PR programming: research, planning, execution and evaluation.
An Image Award is presented to the top-scoring entry in each category. Image Award winners in each division are automatically considered for the Grand Image Award, representing the finest examples of public relations programming in Central Florida.
In the annual report category, KUA received an Image Award for its 2007 annual report. The 46-page report, titled “That’s the Way it Grows,” reviews the utility’s 2007 performance and details how the utility is meeting the demands of a growing customer base. The report is available online at http://www.kua.com/Corporate/Press/Reports/Index.aspx.
In the poster and calendar category, KUA received a Grand Image Award and an Image Award for its 2009 calendar of electrical safety. The full-color wall calendar features artwork from Osceola County students that reinforces key safety messages and warns of the danger of contact with electricity. Copies of the calendar — 12,000 in all — were provided free of charge to utility customers.
KUA’s winning entries will now advance to FPRA’s statewide level of competition, the Golden Image Awards. Those awards will be announced on August 11 in Boca Raton.
KUA has earned 225 local, state, national and international communication awards for public relations programs, events and publications since 1995.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent