New Orleans, La. – Entergy
Corporation (NYSE: ETR) won Public Affairs Campaign of the Year in the 2011
American Business AwardsSM for its ongoing advocacy of expanding access to
pre-kindergarten programs in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Entergy received a Stevie® Award in
the Communications/PR Campaign of the Year– Public Affairs during ceremonies
Monday in New York City.
Entergy has long been a proponent of
education, but it began focusing more of its efforts on improving
pre-kindergarten programs in 2001 as part of an overall fight against the
region’s endemic poverty. Fifteen of the 30 poorest counties in the nation are
in states served by Entergy utilities. Studies show a link between early
childhood education and improved long-term academic performance.
“Awards are a great boost to morale,
but we understand it is going to take a lot more than awards if we are to make
progress in eradicating the poverty that has been a weight around the neck of
this region for far too long,” said J. Wayne Leonard, chairman and chief
executive office of Entergy. “Without a strong education system, we are only
treading water and the first big storm will put us back under again.”
Entergy sponsored research in
Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi spelling out the long-term academic and
economic benefits of quality preschool programs. Entergy employees at all levels
became involved in working with state commissions, business groups and others
advocating for increased state funding for preschool programs.
Based in part on those efforts,
funding for pre-K programs in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi has increased
by more than $178 million since 2001, and an estimated 60,000 low-income
preschool children now have access to high-quality pre-K programs.
It is the third national award
Entergy has won in 2011 for its pre-kindergarten advocacy. Earlier this year it
received the Advocacy Excellence Award from the Edison Electric Institute and
the Making a Difference Communitas Award from the American Association of
Stevie Awards were presented in over
40 categories including Best Overall Company of the Year, Executive of the Year,
and Best New Product of the Year. More than 2,800 entries from organizations of
all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.
Entergy was also a finalist for
awards in two other categories for its low-income customer assistance initiative
and its efforts to promote awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit among its
Details about The American Business
Awards and the lists of honorees in all categories are available at
Entergy Corporation is an integrated
energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail
distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the
second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.6 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and
approximately 15,000 employees.
About The Stevie Awards
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