KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 24, 2008 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) vice president and general counsel Arthur J. “Grant” Lacerte, Jr. today received the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award at the association’s national conference in New Orleans, La. The award recognizes future leaders of public power systems and includes a $2,000 scholarship to attend any APPA-sponsored program.
Lacerte has more than 17 years of experience in public utility, regulatory and legislative practice, including serving as an attorney advisor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC.
Lacerte currently serves as vice chairman of APPA’s legal section and will assume the post of chairman later this year. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics including ethics, municipal entry into the broadband industry, patent law development and the impact an avian flu pandemic could have on municipal utilities.
In addition, Lacerte serves as chairman of the Grievance Committee for the Florida State Bar’s Ninth Judicial District (Osceola and Orange counties) and chair-elect of Family Services of Metro Orlando, an organization that oversees the management of services provided to abused and neglected children under the auspices of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association in 2005 awarded Lacerte its Member of the Year award for his work in drafting legislation to govern Florida’s municipal broadband industry.
Lacerte holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. and a J.D. degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
Established in 2003, the Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award honors retired City Utilities of Springfield (Missouri) CEO Robert E. Roundtree for his more than 50 years of service to public power. Award recipients are considered future leaders of public power systems who have demonstrated a dedication to the goals and principles of public power and an interest in improving management and operational skills through continuing education.
The American Public Power Association (www.appanet.org) is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 45 million Americans.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent