GRDA, City of Stroud recognizing hometown heroes
“Heroes work here.”
That is the message the Grand River Dam Authority and City of Stroud are sharing to recognize the essential employees who have continued to meet critical needs in their hometowns throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Critical needs for any community include electricity, water, and sewer as well as other municipal services. GRDA has been the wholesale electricity supplier for City of Stroud since 1986.
“each time we turn on a water tap or flip a light switch, we automatically expect it to work,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “In recent months we’ve learned that these simple resources we take for granted are vital to everyday life. The ‘heroes work here’ initiative is one way we can recognize not only utility workers but all the municipal workers who have kept Oklahoma hometowns functioning.”
As part of the initiative, GRDA designed and printed banners for each of its electricity customer communities, including Stroud. These “public power” communities purchase wholesale electricity from GRDA and then resale it to end-users in the community. Revenues from electric sales are then used to maintain electric systems and fund essential city services like police and fire, parks and streets. Most municipalities in Oklahoma are solely dependent on sales tax revenues to fund their services but those that have a community owned electric utility generate needed revenue to support those communities, especially during the challenges of recent months.
“The City of Stroud is proud to have GRDA as a part of our community during these difficult circumstances. I am very thankful for all the men and women who have worked tirelessly through these times to serve the community of Stroud. We are fortunate to be partners with a team that strives for excellence in all they do. Your hard work and sacrifice do not go unnoticed,” said City Manager Bob Pearman.
“The banner program allows GRDA to thank these essential municipal employees for taking such good care of their citizen-customers,” said Sullivan. “It’s also another way for us to say how proud we are to be their public power provider.”
GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.