Where Oklahomans celebrate and congregate

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

Peddle power in Pryor … Participants in the Dam Jam bicycle tour (held every September at Pryor’s Whitaker Park) roll out on routes that will take them from Pryor to Grand and Hudson lakes and back again. The Grand River Dam Authority is proud to support this event, and others, that in turn support the economy and quality of life in the wholesale electric customer community of Pryor.

Pedal power in Pryor … Participants in the Dam Jam bicycle tour (held every September at Pryor’s Whitaker Park) roll out on routes that will take them from Pryor to Grand and Hudson lakes and back again. The Grand River Dam Authority is proud to support this event, and others, that in turn support the economy and quality of life in the wholesale electric customer community of Pryor.

Look no further than Main Street in the Grand River Dam Authority’s municipal customer communities to see proof of the public power success that comes from working hard and working together.

As a member of 22 chambers of commerce and four local economic development associations, GRDA is active in many Oklahoma communities, working to fulfill its mission to “assist in area economic development and help our customers adapt to changes in their business environments.”

Staying connected to customer communities and communities around the GRDA lakes region not only helps to sustain solid relationships but also gives GRDA an awareness and appreciation of the history and unique characteristics of each community. Working side by side with city leaders, community volunteers and event organizers, the Authority’s goal is to contribute to the promotion of Oklahoma hometowns.

Whether it’s a spring festival, 4th of July celebration, rodeo in the fall or winter carnival, GRDA can often be found participating alongside its Oklahoma neighbors. After all, “power for progress” is not limited to the homes, businesses and schools where Oklahoma live, work and learn, it also extends into the parks, arenas and along main street where Oklahomans celebrate and congregate.

Today, the Authority’s support of customer communities is as important as ever, as many are experiencing shrinking budgets that do not always allow line items for the events that help keep them unique. The Authority is proud to partner with, and help preserve, Oklahoma communities and traditions. After all, that is part of the greater public power tradition that has guided GRDA since 1935.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s low-cost, reliable power touches 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 years.

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