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NPPD’s Mary Harding appointed to APPA Policy Makers Council

January 14, 2019

Columbus, Neb. – Mary Harding,Nebraska Public Power District board member from Plattsmouth, has been named to serve a one-year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council as an at-large member.

Harding is in her third term on the NPPD Board of Directors,elected initially in 2002 representing Sub District 2 at the time, and was re-elected in 2008. Following re-districting she was selected to represent Sub-District 1 in 2014 and represents Cass, Lancaster, Saunders and Seward counties. She was selected by the Board to serve as Secretary for 2019 and is also the Chair of the Energy Supply committee.  She has served as Chair of Strategic Planning,Customer & Support Services, and Budget in the past. 

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. She and her husband operate a residential rental property business in Lincoln.

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.

The Policy Makers Council assists the APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power utilities NPPD and opposing harmful legislation.  It also provides advice on other issues of importance to the Association.  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.

The Council is made up of 40 members who serve on either utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. Four members are appointed from each of the 10 geographic regions recognized by APPA.  In addition, there are a number of “at-large” members of the PMC from across the country who are appointed based on vacancies in the 10 regions.