State by state, April 18th is being set aside for Lineman Appreciation Day. It’s a way for all of us to express our appreciation to the great men and women who work so hard for us every day. A bill is currently in the North Carolina General Assembly to establish the day here in North Carolina.
We’ve developed newspaper ads to help you mark the occasion in your area. Contact Rebecca Agner to find out more. Please highlight your local linemen by sharing pictures and posts on the ElectriCities Facebook page. In fact, each lineman appreciation message you post on our Facebook page between now and April 30 will be entered in a drawing for some great prizes.
ElectriCities held its first annual meeting in October of 1965, making 2015 the organization’s 50th anniversary. It’s an important milestone for NC Public Power — marking the time public power communities came together for a shared goal. We’ll be celebrating the anniversary at our upcoming Annual Conference. We’re planning several special events, including a panel discussion on public power’s growth over the past 50 years.
Our “Always Steady and Ever Ready” Public Power Week kit was a big hit in communities all across the state. The judges at the recent Addy Awards liked it, too. Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of Raleigh/Durham, the Addy Awards honor excellence in advertising and marketing communications. This year, the Strategic Communications group received 10 awards in all, with a Gold Award going to the Public Power Week campaign.
Heading into 2015, we chatted with public power leaders across the state — to get their outlook on economic development in 2015. Beginning with Rick Howell, City Manager of Shelby, we’ll be sharing these talks on our social media channels. Mayor David Combs of Rocky Mount will also be featured. You can see the full story in the most recent Hometown Connections.
The 2015 NC Public Power Membership Directories have arrived. It’s a valuable networking tool for getting in touch with fellow members — along with vendors that provide product and service solutions. If you haven’t received your copies, or you need more, contact Ed Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.