Lawrenceville Earns National Recognition by American Public Gas Association

Published: June 16, 2016

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Lawrenceville Earns National Recognition by American Public Gas Association

Gas Utilities Department Awarded for Operational Excellence

 LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 16, 2016

The City of Lawrenceville’s Gas Utilities Department has earned System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) at the SILVER level from the American Public Gas Association (AGPA). SOAR is designed to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility. With SILVER level honorees earning 90-96% of possible points, the program is judged based on four categories: system integrity, system improvement, employee safety, and workforce development.

“We are so thrilled that the SOAR program is in place to recognize a hardworking group of individuals who strive  daily to ensure that our community and environment are both protected and preserved,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “By enforcing specific policies and procedures, our gas utilities team works diligently to provide excellent customer service to the community all while providing safe and top level utility services.”

The AGPA will host their annual conference on July 26th in Newport, Rhode Island, where honorees will be presented with a plaque signifying the recognition for excellence in gas utility operations. Lawrenceville’s Gas Department Director, Mike Hutchins will be on-hand to accept the award on behalf of the City.

“It’s certainly an honor to receive this recognition from the American Public Gas Association,” said Mike Hutchins, Director, Gas Department. “To my knowledge, we are the only municipal gas department in the state of Georgia that has achieved this level.”

The team recently scored exceptionally well on a routine audit verifying operator qualification rules and procedures and aspires to continue to provide exceptional services to the community while raising public awareness about safety laws and procedures.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and the Gas Utilities Department, visit www.LawrencevilleGa.org.

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