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Community
Heartland Consumers Power District played a key role in the recent decision by Balaton, Minn.-based trū Shrimp to build a new shrimp aquaculture facility in Madison, S.D. The 50-acre site will include a nine acre, 40-foot-high structure capable of producing eight million pounds of shrimp a year. The
Community
When I arrived at the Association as its general counsel in 2004, our board chair was Jan Schori, general manager of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. She was truly inspiring for me—a woman CEO at a large public power utility, very smart and able, but not afraid to poke fun at herself.
Communications and Customer Care
Winning a big business deal is like hitting a home run — exciting, but rare. For utilities that focus on maintaining relationships with key accounts, the winning strategy is to keep these connections strong using both traditional and new approaches. Utilities’ efforts to retain these top accounts
Community
When it comes to attracting or retaining business in a community, it is not simply the more the merrier. You need to find a match between what your community has to offer and what the business can provide. Public power utilities in Florida, Nebraska, and North Carolina offered insights into how they
Workforce
For a business to set up shop or expand, it needs a ready pool of people to do the jobs that need to be done. Public power communities are stepping up to develop training and education programs to help residents learn the skills needed to find local employment. In turn, this focus helps lower the
Communications and Customer Care
My daughter’s summer theater group enjoys making its rounds in the area’s shopping centers to solicit ads for the playbill. Group members know they’ll get great support from the locally-owned shops but consider it a waste of time to visit the chain grocery stores, gyms, and other businesses run by
Reliability
Business and industrial customers use more than 60 percent of the net electricity generated in the U.S., according to the Energy Information Administration. It’s therefore natural that reliable, low-cost electricity is a critical factor in economic development. As a public power utility, you can
Community
A study of 188 public power utilities found that they gave a median of 5.6% of electric operating revenues back to their communities, which is 27% more than investor-owned utilities pay in taxes to the communities they serve. Among utilities with $100 million or more in revenue, public power
How public power contributes to the economic success of communities