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The best deals are the ones in which everyone wins. Across the country, public power utilities have established countless partnerships through which businesses, utilities, and their communities have come out ahead — like the deal struck between the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) in Florida and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). The utility was part of a partnership of local entities that joined forces to welcome USTA’s headquarters to Orlando — the complex is the nation’s largest tennis center, with dozens of courts.
OUC is an active participant in recruiting high-impact projects such as the USTA facility. Beyond providing economic development rates, OUC agreed to partner with the USTA on designing and implementing sustainable building practices. The partnership agreement allows promotional rights for the utility, including branding rights on sustainability assets and great opportunities to educate the public about conservation and energy efficiency.