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Beatrice, NE 68310

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Norris Provides Youth Leadership Opportunities

Bruce Vitosh--General Manager and CEO

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Norris Public Power District Board of Directors and employees operate the District knowing that we have a direct impact on the lives of everyone in our service territory.  The hazards associated with distributing electricity to our customers must be performed using safe industry practices in order to minimize the risk of injury and death to employees and the public.  The District financially impacts every customer as the District sets electric rates to recover the cost of providing electricity and related services.  Reliability of electric service is important to customers as blinks and outages range anywhere from a nuisance to being extremely expensive for disruptions to businesses.  Everything we do is performed with an ongoing respect for the natural environment in which we live.

 Another area that is important to the District is the development of our youth by providing linemen internship and summer employment opportunities for college students.  These young adults provide an economical and valuable service to the District in return for experiences that are beneficial to them as they begin their careers. 

 The District provides leadership development opportunities for high school students interested in attending youth energy leadership camps and youth tours.  The District sponsors youth in our service territory to attend these educational activities.  The District is actively involved with these activities as employees have volunteered to be adult counselors at these camps and tours.  The experiences of those attending the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour in Washington D.C. and the Nebraska Rural Electric Association Youth Energy Leadership Camp in Halsey, Nebraska in 2015 are included in this issue of the Norris Electric News.

 The student camps and tours sponsored by the electric industry have an excellent history in contributing to the development of future leaders.  Past youth tour participants have gone on to be high profile leaders as University Presidents, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies and members of Congress.  However, just as important, Youth Tour alumni have become leaders in the communities where they live and within the organizations that they work.

 In 1957, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson inspired the activation of the Youth Tour when he addressed the attendees at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Chicago.  The Senator and future President declared, “If one thing comes out of this meeting, it will be sending youngsters to the national capital where they can actually see what the flag stands for and represents.”

 The Nebraska students who attend the Youth Tour are able to interact and visit with the Nebraska delegation in the U.S House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.  This is a terrific experience for these students.  During this year’s Youth Tour, the 20 students from Nebraska were provided a private tour of the U.S. Capitol Building by Congressman Adrian Smith and were invited to attend a hearing of the Environment and Public Works Committee regarding an electric industry related topic of coal ash.

 The District provides more than just safe, reliable, cost efficient and environmentally friendly electricity to our customers.  The area youth are our future and the District is proud to support programs that enable the students to broaden their views and further develop leadership skills.


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