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​LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Western Area Power Administration was recently named a winner of PR Daily’s 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards in the Organizational Transparency category for its proactive response to public criticism of a perceived mismanagement of funds. 

“WAPA strives to be proactive in sharing information about our operations and activities; transparency and communication are central to our core values and identity,” said Administrator and CEO Mark A. Gabriel. “We welcome questions and opportunities to engage with our customers, media, members of Congress and other stakeholders.”

WAPA expanded The Source website to share 10 years’ worth of financial and business information related to WAPA’s operations. According to Ragan, “WAPA was aggressive in building awareness of the site’s availability,” developing videos to explain the most complex topics and reaching out directly to customers through new and revamped communication channels, such as the customer newsletter.

“Out of many outstanding submissions, we found WAPA’s work to truly set a new standard of excellence for all corporate communications professionals. We congratulate them and look forward to seeing their future successes in this field,” said Justine Figueroa, senior marketing coordinator for awards programs at Ragan Communications.

The Source builds on a tradition of transparency at WAPA. Customers and members of the public are invited to weigh in on the organization’s proposed actions for its transmission system, rate-setting activities and capital investment and expenditure plans spanning 10 years.

“The employees at WAPA are dedicated in their pursuit of top-notch customer service and doing what is right in everything we do,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dennis Sullivan. “Congratulations to everyone across the organization who spent hundreds of hours making The Source possible.”

WAPA’s win was announced via social media, and the winning team will also be recognized for its accomplishment in a special write-up on PR Daily’s internationally-read news website.

Ragan Communications and PR Daily run 11 awards programs each year, including the prestigious Digital PR and Social Media Awards, PR Daily Awards, Employee Communications Awards and Video and Visual Awards. Judged by globally regarded experts and featuring multiple categories, these programs honor the top work in communications, PR, marketing and media. 

Ragan’s Corporate Social Responsibility Awards celebrates teams, organizations and consultants who have redefined the field with their groundbreaking work. As a winner in the program WAPA joins an elite group of past winners, including Alex + Ani, International Paper, St. Joseph’s Health, Bayer Crop Science, Arrow Electronics, Alliance Data, Viacom, U.S. Bank and Toronto Pearson Airport. 


About WAPA: Western Area Power Administration annually markets and transmits more than 25,000 gigawatt-hours of clean, renewable power from 57 federal hydroelectric powerplants owned and operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Boundary and Water Commission in 15 western and central states. It is part of the Department of Energy. Follow us on Twitter @WesternAreaPowr or visit the website at   

About Ragan Communications: Ragan Communications operates two of the top news and information sites for the PR and corporate communications industries: and Together, these daily news sites attract more than 700,000 global visitors monthly.

The Chicago-based company also covers the health care communication industry on 

Ragan is the leading provider of conferences and online training to PR, media relations and corporate communications professionals. 

The company also produces and PR Daily’s PR University, the industry’s leading video and online education portals.


Last modified on September 12th, 2023