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The City of Manassas, Va. Department of Public Works and Utilities was awarded the 2012 Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) platinum level recognition by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for outstanding reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. The City of Manassas was one of two public utilities in Virginia to be awarded the RP3 in 2012, out of 16 Virginia public power providers. Only 94 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities in the United States earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation in 2012. This is the fourth year that the City of Manassas Public Works/Utilities department has received this designation. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

“The City of Manassas is committed to exceeding our customer’s expectations, while we continue to champion the latest technology and systems, making our services more environment-friendly and financially feasible for our customers,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas.  “We’re honored by the APPA recognition and appreciate our team’s efforts to keep our services running effectively and efficiently,” said Moon.

The Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program recognizes utilities that provide customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Utilities submit an application to the RP3 program for a peer-evaluation of their reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. Utilities can be recognized as a Gold, Platinum or Diamond Reliable Public Power Provider. The diamond designation is awarded to the utility if it successfully meets 100 percent of the defined criteria; platinum is awarded if the utility meets 90 percent of the criteria; and gold is awarded if the utility meets 80 percent of the RP3 program criteria. In 2011, 82 utilities earned the recognition and were recognized during the APPA’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The RP3 review panel has 15 members. Eight of the panel members are the officers on four APPA committees: human resources, safety, transmission and distribution and system planning. The other seven panel members are nominated by APPA's chair of the board of directors. 

The American Public Power Association (APPA), based in Washington, D.C., is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 46 million Americans. APPA was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment. For more information, go to www.publicpower.org.

Established in1913, the City of Manassas Utilities/Public Works department ensures the availability of safe, reliable water usage, electric utilities, as well as provides responsive maintenance and collection services at an affordable cost to citizens of Manassas, Va., Manassas Park, Va. and parts of Prince William County, Va. It is noted for its environment-friendly projects and equipment, while tasked with capital projects that enhance public and private infrastructure. The utilities team participates in community fundraisers, like Toys for Tots, the United Way, American Public Power Association Tree Power and Arbor Day. The department holds memberships with America Public Power Association, American Water Works Association, American Public Works Association and the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce.

The City of Manassas, Va., is an independent, full service city of 10-square miles in Northern Virginia.  The City is rich in history and the Manassas Junction of railroads played a pivotal role in the American Civil War. The City has a population of 35,821, owns its own public utilities, has the busiest general aviation airport in Virginia and is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.  Manassas has been recognized by the Virginia Municipal League and other national and state organizations for its highly successful neighborhood improvement programs and by the Government Finance Officers Association for excellence in financial reporting and budgeting. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

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