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Retired Spring Valley Public Utilities superintendent receives national award

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Director - Agency and Government Relations Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
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For Immediate Release

June 9, 2020  

Retired Spring Valley Public Utilities superintendent receives national award 

Rochester, MN — Stuart (Stu) Smith, recently retired superintendent of Spring Valley Public Utilities in Spring Valley, Minnesota, received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award during the American Public Power Association’s Public Power Connect: Virtual Summit & Business Meeting. The award recognizes managers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and must assume multiple roles. The seven hats they must wear are: planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources, and community leadership.

In addition to successfully managing the local utility, Smith served on the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency board since 2014 where he brought his wise small-town perspective to the board.

“Stu represents all of what makes public power so important to a community,” said SMMPA Chief Executive Officer Dave Geschwind.  “This award is a fitting tribute to his career of service to Spring Valley.

Smith has been a member of the Kiwanis of Spring Valley, the local chamber of commerce, and the Spring Valley Sportsman Club. He is a Spring Valley native and has poured himself into his work for the utility and his community throughout his career.

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About SMMPA

SMMPA provides electricity and related services to 18 municipally operated utilities, mostly in south-central and southeastern Minnesota. For more information about SMMPA, please visit www.smmpa.com.

Media Contact:

Chris Schoenherr, Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency

Office: (507) 292-6440 - cp.schoenherr@smmpa.org

About American Public Power Association

The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. It represent 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. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power.

 

Media Contact:

Tobias Sellier, American Public Power Association - Director of Media Relations and Communications,  

Office: (202) 467-2927 - TSellier@PublicPower.org

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Matt Chester on Jun 9, 2020

“Stu represents all of what makes public power so important to a community,” said SMMPA Chief Executive Officer Dave Geschwind.  “This award is a fitting tribute to his career of service to Spring Valley.

During these times especially it's powerful to see the utilities and their employees that really stand out as integral and personable members of the community. That's how it should be!

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