Excellence Lives Here: People


ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., presented 15 North Carolina communities with Public Power Awards of Excellence at ElectriCities’ 2023 Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The awards reflect public power’s strategic priorities, recognizing exceptional achievement in the following categories: Future-focused, Strengthen Public Power, Provide Superior Power, Customer-centered Innovation, and People.

To continue the celebration, we’re sharing more about each award category and highlighting a few of the communities whose efforts stand out. As you learn about the endeavors in public power communities throughout our region, it becomes clear that excellence lives here.

The People Award celebrates communities that leverage our people as our greatest asset. Maintaining a culture of service excellence in the face of a changing workforce and technology landscape demands that communities attract, develop, and retain a new, diverse generation of utility leaders.

2022 Winners:

  • Albemarle
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • Maiden
  • New Bern
  • New River Light and Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Statesville
  • Wilson

Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC) promotes success for their People through several initiatives that expand career pathways for employees at all levels.

To expand early-career pathways, Fayetteville PWC attends career fairs and school-organized events to teach students about careers in public power. Fayetteville PWC partners with Cumberland County Schools to employ students for six weeks during the summer and offers a summer intern program for college students.

Fayetteville PWC employees receive training and resources, mentorship, and an individualized plan to help them progress in their careers.

Through these initiatives, Fayetteville PWC proves how much it values its people and exemplifies the spirit of our People-focused Public Power Award of Excellence.

The City of Kinston proves it values People as its greatest asset with a new pay scale for full-time employees, including those in the electric and customer service departments.

With the new transparent pay scale, employees receive a promotion and a salary increase for completing ElectriCities’ career development programs.

The career development programs encourage lineworkers and customer service employees to advance their careers while improving their knowledge and skills.

Continue learning about the excellence that lives here by reading about the Future-focused Award, the Strengthen Public Power Award, the Provide Superior Power Award, the Customer-centered Innovation Award, and the communities that exemplified them in 2022.

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