KISSIMMEE, Fla., May 4, 2011 – Kissimmee Utility Authority won four awards at the 2011 Image Awards, an annual competition sponsored by the Orlando Area Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. The winners were announced at an April 28 ceremony held at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market.
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 public relations programming: research, planning, execution and evaluation.
An Image Award is presented to the top-scoring entry in a category. A Judges’ Award is presented to an outstanding entry that achieves maximum results while using a minimum amount of money.
In the public service programs category, KUA received an Image Award and a Judges’ Award for its 2011 calendar of electrical safety contest. The utility developed an innovative calendar art contest to promote electrical safety among grade school children. The winning artwork was featured in a full-color wall calendar distributed free of charge to students and utility customers.
In the annual report category, KUA received an Image Award for its 2009 annual report, titled “Let it Shine.” The printed report featured the photos and personal stories of 10 community leaders who partnered with KUA to “shine a light” in a community struggling for survival in the economic downturn.
In the audiovisual presentation category, KUA received an Image Award for the electronic version of its 2009 annual report. The report can be accessed at www.kua.com/annualreport.
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 9 in Naples.
KUA has earned 241 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 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent