Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District Board member Mary Harding of Plattsmouth was recently named to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Policy Makers Council (PMC) by its Board of Directors.
A seventh generation Nebraskan, Harding graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Bilingual Education and completed graduate work at the University of Colorado in Boulder in sociolinguistics. Mary and her husband operate a residential rental property business in Lincoln. She has served on the NPPD Board of Directors for 17 years and currently serves as second vice chair for 2020.
Harding is a member of the Plattsmouth Planning Commission, having been appointed in 2016
The Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power utilities like NPPD and opposing harmful legislation. It also provides advice on other issues of importance to the Association. The PMC is made up of members who serve on either utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. Members of the Council meet a minimum of twice a year and participate in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff for the purposes of supporting the APPA’s national legislative agenda.
APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million customers that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ.
The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power.