At its annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recognized 20 Florida public power utilities with Building Strong Communities awards. These awards were presented to Florida public power utilities for providing their local communities with extra services and programs that go beyond what they normally supply.

Winners were selected for programs and projects that provide community education, collect charitable donations, improve the environment, focus on crime prevention and offer other special programs that strengthen the communities in which they serve. These efforts included lighting ball fields, playgrounds and bus stops; taking part in festivals, parades and holiday celebrations; hosting blood drives and recognizing veterans and members of the military.

This year’s Building Strong Communities award recipients are:

  • Beaches Energy Services
  • City of Blountstown
  • City of Bushnell
  • City of Chattahoochee
  • City of Leesburg
  • City of Mount Dora
  • City of Newberry
  • City of Tallahassee
  • City of Wauchula
  • City of Winter Park
  • Fort Pierce Utilities Authority
  • Gainesville Regional Utilities
  • Homestead Public Services
  • JEA
  • Keys Energy Services
  • Kissimmee Utility Authority
  • Lakeland Electric
  • New Smyrna Beach Utilities
  • Ocala Electric Utility
  • Orlando Utilities Commission.

“For the people who work for Florida’s public power utilities, it is more than just a job. It is a way for them to give back to their communities and an opportunity to strengthen the communities that they also live in,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “Congratulations to each of the utilities honored today, and many thanks to their employees who have made this recognition possible.”

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.

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