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Newberry City Manager Mike New holds the award presented to the city for its community improvement efforts. (Photo special to Alachua County Today

NEWBERRY – During the Nov. 14 Newberry City Commission meeting, City Manager Mike New read an introductory announcement into the record indicating that the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) honored the community service efforts of the City by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2016 Building Strong Communities Award.

“The City of Newberry received the award for its commitment to enhancing its customers’ quality of life through community improvement programs such as its energy audit program, support of the local schools and community festivals, Energy Expo, its annual food and toy drives, and its support of Relay for Life,” he said.

A plaque commemorating the award was presented during the Building Strong Communities luncheon at FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, on Oct. 27, and was displayed during the Nov. 14 City Commission meeting.

According to city records, FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline said, “Being a part of the community is about more than making sure the lights are on. The recipients of the 2016 FMEA Building Strong Communities Awards excel in not only taking an interest in seeing their communities succeed, but also actively working toward making them better places to live and building strong communities.”

FMEA represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across the state, which provide electricity to more than 3 million of Florida’s residential and business consumers, including the City of Newberry.

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