As we slowly heads toward fall and the many festivals and celebrations associated with the season, the Grand River Dam Authority is once again proud to be a partner in many of these events.

In fact, GRDA is a proud member of 22 chambers of commerce and four local economic development associations and is focused on being an active member of Oklahoma hometowns.

It is all part of an effort to “support economic development growth and quality of life enhancement in Oklahoma.”

Staying connected to our municipal customer communities (with many customer relationships dating back over 60 years) and the 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.

No matter the event – a fall festival, founder’s day, concert in the park or rodeo – GRDA looks forward to participating alongside its Oklahoma neighbors.

After all, “power for progress” is not limited to the homes, businesses and schools where Oklahomans live, work and learn, it also extends into the parks, arenas and along Main Street where Oklahomans celebrate and congregate.

Today, GRDA’s support of customer communities is as important as ever, as many of these communities are trying to do more with less while still preserving the special traditions that make them unique.

Oklahoma history, tradition and community spirit is alive and well across, and GRDA is proud to help sponsor and support many of the events that keep these things going. After all, that is part of the greater public power tradition that has guided the Authority since 1935.

Headquartered in Vinita, Grand River Dam Authority is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. GRDA’s power touches 75 of 77 counties in the state. GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. For more information, persons interested may visit www.grda.com, or http://bit.ly/grda-grandlake.