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April 21, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact:
Ann Becker
Entergy Services, Inc.
abecker@entergy.com
Entergy Receives National Award for Community Outreach in Claiborne County

Communitas Award recognizes leadership in community service

Jackson, Miss. – Entergy Nuclear and Entergy Mississippi, Inc. have been named recipients of a national award recognizing their economic and community development efforts in Port Gibson and Claiborne County.

The 2010 Communitas Award for Leadership in Community Service recognizes recent targeted efforts by Entergy to improve relations and boost the community near Grand Gulf Nuclear Station.

“Entergy has taken the lead on initiatives to bring Port Gibson and Claiborne County’s economic and community development programs into the 21st century,” said Port Gibson Mayor Fred Reeves. “I applaud Entergy for being recognized for their role in our community.”

Company activities included financial and employee support of area arts and service organizations, launch of the Power Path to Nuclear Energy program in Port Gibson schools, community meetings, the establishment of a Salvation Army office, holiday food and toy drives, scholarships, United Way contributions, and the organization of an economic engine for the county called Claiborne Works!, among many others.

Last year, financial support and grants from Entergy funded a wide range of projects that benefited many needs in the community, including economic development and tourism, education and literacy, and low-income assistance programs for families and the elderly.

“Entergy should be commended for working with local leaders to improve the quality of life in Claiborne County,” said James Johnston, county administrator. “We are home to Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, which is Mississippi’s only nuclear power plant. Local leaders have been supportive of the power upgrade planned for 2012, as well as the company’s plans to build another unit at the site. We appreciate all of Entergy’s efforts to improve our community and look forward to working with them on many projects in the future.”

“Communitas” is a Latin word meaning “people coming together for the good of the community.” The Communitas awards program is an outreach of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. Each year, AMCP receives around 10,000 entries for award programs that recognize excellence in corporate communications, advertising, public relations and related fields.

According to an AMCP news release, “Communitas winners unselfishly give of themselves and their resources, and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities.”

“We appreciate the recognition that Entergy has received for our community involvement in Port Gibson and Claiborne County,” said Haley Fisackerly, president and chief operating officer of Entergy Mississippi. “The Communitas Award is also a tribute to the hard work being done by many dedicated and enthusiastic leaders and volunteers in the community who are making great things happen. We’re proud of our partnership with Port Gibson and Claiborne County, and we plan to build on our success in the future.”

Entergy’s award is the program’s most comprehensive category, and nominees must demonstrate an all-around effort to give back to the community, including company-organized volunteer programs, philanthropy and sustainable business practices.

“As Claiborne County’s largest employer, Grand Gulf has always had a strong presence in the community,” said Randy Douet, Entergy Nuclear’s vice president of operations at Grand Gulf. “Employees have been generous in their support of local initiatives, whether it’s through volunteerism or making financial contributions. They appreciate the opportunity to give back to their community, and because of their involvement, Entergy has been able to make a positive impact in Port Gibson.”

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 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and more than 15,000 employees.

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