Ponca City Wins Henry Bellmon Sustainability Award
The Henry Bellmon Sustainability Award committee has chosen the Ponca City’s Lighten the Load Program as the recipient of their Responsible Economic Growth Award. The Lighten the Load program is a partnership initiative between the City of Ponca City, Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA), EnergyBank, Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and First National Bank. This program exists to assist Ponca City companies with their continued efforts in energy efficiency and cost reduction. To date, the Lighten the Load program has reduced local energy demand by over 6.5 million kilowatt hours and saved Ponca City participating companies over half a million dollars in operating costs.
Ponca City’s Lighten the Load program is a lighting upgrade project to replace and upgrade lighting in Ponca City industrial facilities to newer, more efficient lighting technologies that save energy and lower operational costs. Each company participating in Lighten the Load is given a free lighting audit to assess usage and lighting needs. If the company does not have the upfront capital for the project, First National Bank offered project loans based on the future energy savings as collateral.
“Great partnerships between local industry, PCDA, PCUA, OMPA and First National Bank made Lighten the Load the success that it is.” said Laurence Beliel, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for PCDA. “Lighten the Load lowers the operational costs for local companies making their Ponca City facilities more competitive. It also saves electricity making our community more energy efficient. It’s a real credit to our local plant leadership that they had the vision to realize what this program would mean not just to their bottom line but to the community as a whole.”
The Henry Bellmon Responsible Economic Growth Award is presented to people, agencies, organizations, projects or companies supporting healthy economic growth through local job creation, entrepreneurial green jobs and supporting local business. Ponca City is honored to join previous winners including The Oklahoma Food Cooperative, Tulsa Community College and Acciona Energy North America. “Ponca City is an energy city and to get a Bellmon award is an honor for anyone in this field. By making Ponca City plants the most efficient they can be, we’re making Ponca City a community of choice for the growth of existing companies and the attraction of those for whom energy efficiency matter,” said David Myers, PCDA’s Executive Director.
Other PCDA programs available to local business and industry include the Industry Certification Assistance Program (ICAP) and workforce recruitment assistance through PCDA’s PoncaWorks Program. ICAP assists manufacturers seeking international standard certifications and includes pre-audit assistance as well as post audit adjustments. The PoncaWorks program supports local companies continued pursuit of qualified, skilled and educated candidates for difficult to fill positions in addition to bulk employee recruitment for company expansion planning.
Ponca City is a progressive community of 26,000 located in north central Oklahoma. 90 minutes from Tulsa and Oklahoma City, 45 minutes from Stillwater and five minutes from Lake Ponca and Kaw Lake, Ponca City is the best of micropolitan accessibility and country living. Free city-wide Wi-Fi has been available to those living and working in the city limits for the past six years as well as to the many visitors taking in the sights and history of Kay County. Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime: Live, Work, Play in Ponca City.
For more information on Ponca City economic development programs, visit www.GoPonca.com.