LAKEWOOD, Colo.(September 2, 2014) — To help its members gain access to innovative utility management products and services, the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) has expanded its role as a Hometown Connections affiliate from marketing and promotion to directly supporting the sales function.
Since March 2000, MPUA has served as a marketing affiliate of Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association. Today, MPUA is announcing an agreement to more directly support the sales activities of the metering, SCADA, outage management, distributed generation and other vendors allied with Hometown Connections. MPUA staff will support Hometown Connections vendors by serving as their primary contact in the MPUA region and by coordinating the sales activities of the Hometown Connections and its vendor partners. MPUA will continue to advertise and dedicate media exposure to the offerings from Hometown Connections.
“Affiliated with Hometown Connections since its founding, MPUA shares its commitment to helping citizen-owned utilities deliver reliable and responsive services to member communities,” said Duncan Kincheloe, President and General Manager. “By working even more closely with the Hometown staff and the vendor organizations, MPUA helps to ensure that products and services meet the specific needs of Missouri municipal utilities and their customers.”
Tim Blodgett, Hometown Connections President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We have been honored to have MPUA as part our marketing family for nearly 15 years. By taking on these additional duties, MPUA will help its members identify leading products at discount pricing and access Hometown’s deep knowledge of utility management best practices gathered through our work with more than 800 public power systems across the U.S.”
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About Hometown Connections International, LLC, Lakewood, CO Hometown Connections is the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association, offering public power utilities guidance and access to quality products/services from a trusted entity with public power’s best interests in mind. Hometown Connections personnel provide consulting support in the areas of organization assessment, strategic planning, governance development, and staffing. In addition, Hometown Connections is a resource to APPA members large and small, providing discounted pricing on technology, services, and other solutions from industry-leading companies. The products and services offered through Hometown Connections include the full range of advanced grid solutions, as well as financial and organizational management tools and consulting. Along with MPUA, the Hometown Connections sales and marketing network consists of the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, AMP, Electric Cities of Georgia, ElectriCities of North Carolina, Florida Municipal Electric Association, Illinois Municipal Utilities Association, Indiana Municipal Electric Association, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Kansas Power Pool, Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association, Michigan Municipal Electric Association, Missouri River Energy Services, Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association, Texas Public Power Association, Walter McGrath (Northeast) and Thomas Nanney (Tennessee). Please visit www.hometownconnections.com.
About the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, Columbia, MO MPUA is a not-for-profit service organization that represents municipally-owned electric, natural gas, water, wastewater and broadband utilities working together for the benefit of their customers – customers who, in effect, “own” the utilities in their community. The Alliance includes three closely aligned, yet distinct organizations: The Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities (MAMU), the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) and the Municipal Gas Commission of Missouri (MGCM).
For more information, contact:
Tim Blodgett Hometown Connections
Missouri Public Utility Alliance