Grand Valley Power Awarded Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communications Program by NRECA

"Energy Your Way" Campaign Introducing Enhanced Metering to Members Receives Highest Honor Bestowed through the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program

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May 14. 2020 - NRECA announced the winner of the Edgar F. Chesnutt award for the Best Total Communication program - Grand Valley Power! 

Considered the Vince Lombardi Trophy of the electric cooperative communications world, this is  the highest honor bestowed through the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. Christmas Wharton, Communications Manager at Grand Valley Power and Rocky Mountain Utility Exchange Utility Advisory Committee Member first learned about the award back in 2017 and has been striving toward winning it for Grand Valley Power ever since. The Mesa County, Colorado cooperative takes a collaborative approach to communications by sharing, mentoring, and leaning on one another to get through tough times. 

Christmas says "I have no doubt there were many cooperatives that had empowering messages to members, communities and employees. We are so grateful to be listed among our talented peers and humbled by the recognition! Thank you so much to the judges and NRECA."  The multimedia "Energy Your Way" campaign promotes meter upgrades and addresses public misperceptions that two-way communication meters cause fires, compromise privacy or harm health by emitting high radio frequencies

The Chesnutt award is named for Edgar F. Chesnutt, who was manager of corporate communications at Arkansas Electric Cooperative for more than a quarter-century. It is the highest honor bestowed through the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. The award is presented to the co-op whose entry receives the highest score from three judges from nationally accredited universities and communication and marketing professionals in the private sector.

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