TECO Energy completes new Junior Achievement BizTown storefront
TAMPA, November 5, 2010
TECO Energy today announced that team members from TECO Energy, Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas have completed an entirely new TECO Energy “storefront” at the Bill Poe Family Junior Achievement Center Home of the Pam and Les Muma JA BizTown. The new storefront gives a whole new look to the workplace for fifth graders who will develop business skills there this school year.
JA BizTown, an education center in north Tampa, is a Junior Achievement program that lets children get to know the business world by working in storefronts of companies including TECO Energy, Bank of America, Publix and others.
Designed by the TECO Energy Corporate Communications Department, the displays highlight plug-in electric and natural gas-powered vehicles, Tampa Electric’s energy-efficiency programs and more.
“Junior Achievement’s BizTown is a great program that educates the youth of today and provides a unique insight to the business world,” said Kim Estrada , administrator for the TECO Energy Foundation . “The engaging and vibrant new displays showcase how TECO Energy serves the community for the more than 12,000 students that participate in BizTown each year.”
Students assigned to the TECO Energy storefront work as customer service professionals, energy analysts, engineers, executives and meter readers. Through these roles, the children do business with those working at other companies. Junior Achievement of West Central Florida operates the 15,000-square-foot facility through the generosity of donors, volunteers and teachers as part of a worldwide organization that teaches kids work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Dee Brown, vice president of Business Strategy and Compliance, and a JA board member, applauded JA BizTown and the new displays.
“JA BizTown represents a commitment to the community and to the kids who one day will be part of the business world,” Brown said. “TECO Energy team members who volunteer at JA BizTown talk about how wonderful an experience it was for them and their children, and how proud they are that Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas are represented in the BizTown community so well.”
“TECO Energy has been one of Junior Achievement’s most outstanding business partners since our inception in 1974,”said Richard George, president of Junior Achievement of West Central
Florida. “We are thrilled with TECO Energy’s renewed and enthusiastic support of JA BizTown, celebrating its fifth anniversary.”
TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company. Its principal subsidiary, Tampa Electric Company, is a regulated utility in Florida with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal Corporation, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia , and TECO Guatemala, Inc., which is engaged in electric power generation in Guatemala.