At its annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today presented 17 Florida public power utilities with “Building Strong Communities” awards. These awards were created to recognize Florida’s community-owned public power utilities for their efforts to offer their local communities with extra services and programs that go above and beyond what they normally provide.
Winners were selected for programs and projects that improve the environment, provide community education, collect charitable donations, focus on crime prevention and other special programs, such as lighting ball fields and playgrounds, taking part in community and holiday celebrations, hosting blood drives, recognizing veterans and members of the military, and that strengthen the communities in which they serve.
Back: Winter Park Electric Utility – Justin Isler; Ocala Electric Utility – Chad Lynch; Kissimmee Utility Authority – Wesley Grant; City of Leesburg – Shawna Blunt; JEA – Pedro Melendez; Keys Energy Services – Julio Torrado; City of Tallahassee – Daniel Bland. Front: City of Bushnell – Mary Carson; Fort Pierce Utilities Authority – Melissa Martin; Gainesville Regional Utilities – Anquette Graham; Lakeland Electric – Cathryn Lacy; Homestead Public Services – Billy Branch; City of Wauchula – James Braddock; New Smyrna Beach Utilities – Michael Latham.)
“The people of public power go all in for their communities and are willing to go the extra mile because they live there, too, and they want their communities to be the best they can be. It is one of the reasons the public power model works so well,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “We applaud each of today’s award recipients for all they do to make their communities stronger and the quality of life better for their family, friends and neighbors.”
Receiving a “Building Strong Communities” award were:
- Beaches Energy Services
- City of Blountstown
- City of Bushnell
- City of Chattahoochee
- City of Leesburg
- City of Tallahassee
- City of Wauchula
- City of Winter Park
- Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
- Gainesville Regional Utilities
- Homestead Public Services
- Keys Energy Services
- Kissimmee Utility Authority
- Lakeland Electric
- New Smyrna Beach Utilities
- Ocala Electric Utility
Not-for-profit public power utilities offer many benefits to the communities and customers they serve because they are locally owned, locally controlled and locally operated.
For more information on FMEA and Florida’s public power communities, please visit www.flpublicpower.com.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 33 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 4 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers.