ATLANTA, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power is celebrating Veterans Day by recognizing the nearly 1 in 10 employees companywide who have served in the U.S. military. On Wednesday, Georgia Power leadership, joined by Georgia state senator and U.S. Army veteran Hunter Hill, hosted a special event at the company's Atlanta headquarters to thank the company's veterans for their service and recognize the value they bring to the company and its customers every day.
"We are committed to hiring qualified veterans into our workforce," said Sloane Evans, vice president of human resources for Georgia Power. "Partnerships with Georgia military bases, intentional on-post recruiting and the delivery of an apprentice training program are helping us connect with veterans with specialized skillsets whose core values also complement the safety culture and 24-hour-a-day nature of our business."
In addition to a concentrated veteran recruitment effort, Georgia Power's Military Veterans in Power (MVP) internal employee resource group brings company executives and a diverse group of veterans from across Georgia Power together to help veterans transition from the military to the civilian workforce. The group also focuses on charitable activities and volunteering with organizations that support veterans and their families across the state.
Innovative partnerships and accolades
Georgia Power's parent company, Southern Company, is a founding partner of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans to job openings in the energy industry, and actively recruits members of the Navy as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner. Through this program, Georgia Power has been able to transition veterans directly from military bases including Fort Stewart near Savannah to positions within the company.
Southern Company announced on Wednesday that, for the ninth consecutive year, it is the highest-ranked utility and No. 11 overall in G.I. Jobs' annual Top 100 Military Friendly Employer® listing. Moreover, Southern Company is the only energy company recognized in the Top 10 Companies for Veterans in DiversityInc. in 2015. For the sixth consecutive year, the company was voted "Best for Vets Employer" by Military Times EDGE magazine and the Most Valuable Employers for Military® by CivilianJobs.com.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Consistently recognized as a leader in customer service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in overall business customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by J.D. Power and Associates. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).
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