GRDA in cyber-space: the doors are always open

Power for Progress…
A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority

In a press release distributed on January 15, 1998, the Grand River Dam Authority introduced its newest “facility” to the world. Actually, this facility existed only in cyber-space but, at the time, the website grda.com housed a lot of information on GRDA, its operations, its leadership, its history and its mission.

GRDA.com …  A recent screen shot from grda.com. The Authority’s web page debuted 15 years ago, in January 1998. Today, it continues to be a storehouse of information about GRDA, but is also joined by GRDA’s social media resources as tools used for interactive communications along the internet’s information superhighway.

GRDA.com … A recent screen shot from grda.com. The Authority’s web page debuted 15 years ago, in January 1998. Today, it continues to be a storehouse of information about GRDA, but is also joined by GRDA’s social media resources as tools used for interactive communications along the internet’s information superhighway.

Today, that same “facility” – grda.com – is 15 years old and going strong. Like all websites though, it has changed some since it first opened its doors along the internet’s information superhighway. The site has “grown up” by implementing new elements that were not available early in its existence, and it “grows out” all the time, with new information added on a regular basis.

Today, the site contains information such as past GRDA annual reports (the years 2004 through 2011 are available online), new lake data information (under the Lake Management/Advisory Map link), GRDA job listings, corporate videos and more. It also contains GRDA’s administrative rules, by-laws, statutes and the organization’s policy manual… and that’s just the beginning.

In 1998, the main goals for the site were to keep pace with the internet explosion and provide an interactive tool to reach not only GRDA customers but all stakeholders. While those goals remain the same today, GRDA, like most every other organization, has expanded its cyber-space presence. For more GRDA information or interactive opportunities, the public can also visit the GRDA Facebook site or follow the organization on Twitter. Also, those who would like to receive texts from GRDA on lake issues and other information, can still sign up for the free TextCaster service by visiting the News/Text Alerts link on grda.com.

Online tools and new internet-based approaches to communications are always being developed. GRDA’s goal is to continue to add new features to its website to further enhance interactive communications in the years ahead, so check grda.com often and visit our Facebook page. The doors to GRDA’s cyber-space facilities are always open.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75-plus years.

                                                                                                                                                        — Justin Alberty
                                                                                                                                                                                     GRDA Corporate Communications Director

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