Given that Kiwanis’ history is steeped in enriching communities–a mission that has spread to 8,000 clubs in 96 countries—it’s no surprise that the groups were eager to hear from our teams, even allowing them to take up the podium and run much of the meetings.
Just take a look:
At one such meeting, the team spoke with Kiwanis member Mary Eckhart who said we need affordable energy “in these hard times when families are really struggling just to pay their regular bills, if we have energy bills that continue to climb…it’s going to be very hard for them to be able to pay them and exist well in their families.”
Olivia Albright—one of three Americans we’re profiling in our new webisodes—knows all about the stresses that come with tough economic times and higher energy bills.
Olivia owns and operates a small business in Toledo, Ohio that depends on affordable electricity to run machines throughout the day (and sometimes into the night)—and leave her enough money to pay her staff.
Olivia has big dreams for her small business, and one of them is providing health insurance for her employees. As you’ll hear her say in her webisodes, she won’t be able to provide these benefits if her energy bills increase.
Low-cost energy truly is a thread that connects our families, business and economies. It’s my hope that this tie becomes clearer to you as you get to know Olivia, Fred, Venita and all the other Americans who are sharing their stories with us from across the country.
Recently, the Ohio team stopped in the town of Wooster where they spoke with residents about the potential impact of higher-priced energy in their town.
Said one small business owner, “It’s me trying to figure out how to get that extra little slice out of my customer who’s facing the same issues when their electricity [rate] goes up.”
No one understands this better than Olivia Albright. She relies on affordable energy to run her small business a few hours North in Toledo. In fact, she told us that she currently can’t afford health insurance for her employees—a goal she’s working toward, but would likely be thwarted by higher energy costs.
What would you have to sacrifice if your energy costs went up? Keeping low-cost coal in our energy mix is one way to ensure that we don’t have to worry about answering that question.
Yesterday was a big day for Team Missouri — they started at the State Capitol building in St. Charles and ended at the Cardinal's game in St. Louis.
The team discovered that many people in the Show-Me State are concerned with their rising electricity prices and want to know why coal is an important aspect to the state's energy mix — which of course, the team was happy to answer. Coal provides 82 percent of Missouri's electricity, and if coal was removed from the energy mix, the state could lose 317,000 jobs by 2015.
Team Missouri even met a few folks who had never heard of clean coal before!
Meanwhile, Team Ohio reached out to families at Licking County's Hartford Fair, dubbed "the biggest little fair in the world." Locals agreed that the way to keep jobs in Ohio was by supporting clean coal technology.
The team even overheard a high school student tell her friends they should wear the affordable energy hats our team was handing out because "coal for electricity is good, and work should be done to make it green."
Evan Tracey Senior Vice President for Communications
Evan is Senior Vice President for Communications, overseeing the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. Tracey has served as president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a Kantar Media company, since he founded the company in 1997. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns. He received a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tracey lives with his wife and 3 children in Virginia.
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Lisa Camooso Miller Vice President
Lisa Camooso Miller is ACCCE's vice president for media relations. She oversees ACCCE's earned media implementation and strategic planning and appears regularly in print, radio and on national television. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been a notable communications leader in public affairs, holding key positions in local, state and federal government, political campaigns and committees, as well as advocacy organizations. She is a native of Wayside, New Jersey, and holds an M.A. in corporate and public communications from Monmouth University, and a B.A. in communications from The College of New Jersey. Lisa and her husband Jason have two children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Bianca Prade Vice President
Bianca Prade is ACCCE's vice president of digital strategy, and leads new and traditional media strategies to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of coal-based electricity. She has more than a decade of communications and marketing experience, launching and maintaining interactive Web content for major corporations, trade associations and government agencies. Bianca lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in interactive communications from American University.
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Steve Gates Director
Steve Gates, as ACCCE’s national communications director, helps direct the industry’s national media campaigns and digital communications efforts. He has more than 15 years of media relations experience in a variety of settings including Capitol Hill press secretary, as well as directing media and outreach programs for international trade associations, the Fortune 200 and federal government programs. Steve lives with his wife, a coal miner’s daughter, and three children in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve graduated with a B.S. in political science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
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