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Irrigation pivot, Southeast Nebraska
Norris PPD
606 Irving Street
Beatrice, NE 68310

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Tradition of Excellence

Bruce Vitosh--General Manager and CEO

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The historic MUDECAS basketball tournament has a tradition of excellent basketball competition in southeastern Nebraska.  The January 2017 tournament is the 88th consecutive year that southeastern Nebraska high schools compete in the tournament, which is held in Beatrice at the nostalgic City Auditorium and Southeast Community College.  Excluding state high school tournaments, the MUDECAS basketball tournament is believed to be the longest continuously organized annual basketball tournament west of the Mississippi River.

 The MUDECAS Association, which stands for MU – music; DEC – declamatory (speech); and AS – athletics, consists of sixteen schools.  The coaches and players do a great job in providing quality basketball for the fans to enjoy.  The boys and girls represent their schools and communities with class and dignity.  Many of these schools and their patrons are customers of Norris Public Power District. 

 For thirteen years, the Beatrice Noon Kiwanis Club has hosted the tournament for the MUDECAS Association.  It takes many volunteers and countless hours to operate a basketball tournament.  All proceeds from the event are used for educational and charitable missions that support the youth in southeastern Nebraska. 

 The tournament participants are typically divided into two divisions.  The first MUDECAS champions, Panama and Bennet, won their respective divisions in 1930.  This first tournament was held four years prior to Norris Public Power District being formed.  The District has a tradition of excellence, as well, dating back to the days when power was first provided to the rural areas of Nebraska. 

 To fulfill the District’s mission, the District’s Board of Directors and management annually work through a strategic planning process.  It is important that the District’s leadership periodically evaluates the current status of the organization and the latest developments in the electric industry.  The result of this evaluation process provides a focused and strategic direction for the organization to follow.  The District’s leadership has developed six strategic directives for 2017:

  1.  The District will meet time, scope and budget parameters associated with the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) installation.  The District will modify existing processes and implement new processes to optimize the use of AMI functionality and data to enhance customer account interaction opportunities and improve the efficiency of operations.

  2.  The District will enhance communication for customers interested in solar and wind distributed generation and remain cognizant of changes in the industry associated with distributed generation technologies and regulations.

  3.  The District will review existing customer rate designs and identify new rate design options while considering District and industry conditions and demands.  A long-term rate design strategy will be developed with plans to achieving the goal.

  4.  The District will successfully complete the Seward County PPD merger and enhance economies of scale and customer opportunities with an emphasis on meeting the needs of customers and employees.

  5.  The District will continue to support area economic growth and will manage District costs efficiently.

  6. The District will continue to identify and implement programs to educate customers about industry and energy use topics.

 The common thread throughout the strategic directives is centered on the District’s customers.  Our priority is to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the customers that we serve.  Just like the MUDECAS basketball tournament with its rich history and tradition of excellence creating new memories year after year, the Norris Public Power District leadership and employees will make every effort in creating a more pleasant experience for customers as they receive power supply and related services into the future.





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