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News Releases : OPPD earns awards for public power communications

Omaha Public Power District is committed to engaging its customers and sharing how the utility works to serve its communities. The utility’s efforts were recently honored at the American Public Power Association’s Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards.

The utility received an Award of Excellence in the Print/Digital category of the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards.

OPPD was awarded for its chronicling effort this past spring, which provided a greater view into the jobs of OPPD employees as they worked with communities affected by flooding, restore power, prepare for spring storm season, and go about everyday behind-the scenes assignments to keep the power on. This work was shared over a six-week period with the public in near real-time photos through various media, including digital billboards, OPPD’s news website, The Wire, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The award was presented at the association’s Customer Connections Conference held this week in New Orleans, La.

In addition, OPPD received an Award of Merit in the Video category, for a video sharing perspectives from families of line technicians and how they provide support on the home front to those on the front lines of power restoration.

The annual awards recognize utilities that demonstrate outstanding work in print, digital, web, social media, and video communications.

“We are proud of the work that OPPD does every day, 24-7,” said Lisa Olson, vice president of Public Affairs for OPPD. “Our Corporate Marketing and Communications team does an outstanding job of capturing the passion and dedication of our employees and how they live out our core values every day - passion to serve, honor our communities and care for each other”

This year’s awards were judged by Mimi Collins, director of content strategy at the National Association of Colleges and Employers; Sheila McLean, Midatlantic president at Markstein; and Bethany Orban, marketing and communications manager at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. The association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations. Our members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens and instilling pride in community-owned power.