KCK Mayor David Alvey Named Chair of APPA’s Policy Makers Council
(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — David Alvey, Mayor/CEO Unified Government Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, has been named chair of the American Public Power Association (APPA) Policy Makers Council (PMC). The council, which is comprised of 45 elected or appointed governing officials from communities across the country, assist APPA in its advocacy efforts before Congress on issues of critical importance to the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities.
“It’s a great honor to be elected to the chair of the APPA Policy Makers Council. The PMC is an important voice for public power on the Hill. These utilities are focused on a single mission – providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment,” Alvey said.
Members of the PMC meet twice a year in Washington, D.C., and at least once a month by telephone. The group advocates on issues such as strengthening partnerships for a secure grid, protecting the federal power program, and removing barriers to infrastructure investment.
As chair, Mayor Alvey also serves on the national APPA board of directors. Alvey’s chairmanship will last until July 2020.
Last year, the Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU) presented Alvey with the 2018 Fred D. Diehl Award for his contributions and leadership toward the advancement of municipal utilities in Kansas.
The American Public Power Association is a not-for-profit organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 43 million Americans. It represents utilities and consumers by providing services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today, the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s website is www.bpu.com.