KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 20, 2017 – Arthur J. (Grant) Lacerte, Jr., vice president and general counsel at Kissimmee Utility Authority, today received the Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award at the American Public Power Association’s national conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes individuals for their service to the association.
Under Lacerte’s leadership, KUA’s governing board has actively partnered with the association on its legislative and regulatory goals. He has advocated before state and federal regulatory agencies, state legislators and members of Congress, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics such as electric utility law and municipal entry into the broadband industry. He is a previous winner of the association’s Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award and is a past president of the Florida Municipal Electric Association.
Lacerte holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University in New York, New York, and a juris doctor degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
APPA initiated this award in 1959 in honor of Harold Kramer of Loup River Public Power District in Columbus, Nebraska, who played a leading role in the formation of APPA and served as its first executive secretary and general manager from 1941 to mid-1942. In 1969, the APPA board of directors changed this award to also honor John Preston of Loup River Public Power District, first vice president of APPA.
The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 72,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.