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Ten utilities earn awards in APPA report contest


From the November 19, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published November 19, 2012

Ten public power utilities received awards of excellence and merit for the 2012 APPA Annual Report Contest. A panel of judges representing the media, public relations and graphic design fields evaluated digital and print entries in four categories. Recipients were honored with certificates during the 2012 Customer Connections Conference in Indianapolis in October. 

The reports were judged in two divisions: digital and print. Awards were given to utilities’ reports that showed ingenuity and creativity in copy, design, financial data, graphics, organization and communicating the utility’s special story.
This year's winners are:
Class A ­ entrants with gross revenues of $400 million or more 
Print 
  • Award of Excellence—Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
  • Award of Merit­—Florida Municipal Power Agency, Orlando, Fla.
Digital
  • Award of Excellence—Santee Cooper, Moncks Corner, S.C.
  • Award of Merit­—ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., Raleigh, N.C.
Class B ­ entrants with gross revenues of $200 million-$399,999,999 
Print 
  • Award of Excellence—City Utilities of Springfield, Mo.
Class C ­ entrants with gross revenues of $75 million-$199,999,999 
Print 
  • Award of Merit—­Reading Municipal Light Department., Massachusetts
Digital
  • Award of Excellence—Holland Board of Public Works, Michigan
Class D ­ entrants with gross revenues of less than $75 million 
Print 
  • Award of Excellence—­Columbia River People's Utility District, St. Helens, Ore.
  • Award of Merit—Heartland Consumers Power District, Madison, S.D.
  • Award of Merit—Longmont Power & Communications, Colorado
Bob Burns, public information specialist, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), accepts an Award of Excellence for the Class A Print division on behalf of SMUD. With him at left is Kim Weaver, energy services manager for the city of Rocky Mount, N.C., and incoming section chair of the APPA Customer Connections Section.
Annual report contest judges were Randy Dorman, owner, Baltimore Color Plate in Towson, Md.; Nick Lashinsky, public relations manager, Billy Casper Golf/Buffalo Communications in Vienna, Va.; and Travis Mitchell, associate editor, FierceEnergy, Washington, D.C.

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