Program offers communities financial support for planting projects on public property
PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. will begin accepting applications on June 1 for its Community Planting Program, which provides financial support for planting projects on public property to eligible cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes in ATC’s service area.
Now in its fourth year, the program is targeted toward communities where ATC transmission facilities exist. Since its inception, ATC has awarded nearly $190,000 to 131 eligible municipalities and counties.
To qualify, communities must commit that all current and future planting plans and urban forestry activities near high-voltage electric transmission lines will comply with ATC’s maintenance standards. “Trees and transmission lines are an unsafe combination,” said Mark Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Applying for funding through the Community Planting Program gives communities across our service area an opportunity to beautify their public space. By planting trees and other vegetation outside of the transmission line rights-of-way, these communities help ATC keep the transmission lines safe and reliable.”
ATC is accepting applications through Sept. 30, and award recipients will be selected and announced by the end of the year. ATC will accept one application per community, and the awards range from $100 to $5,000. The Community Planting Program is part of the Grow Smart initiative, which is directed toward individual landowners and advocates planting low-growing, native vegetation in transmission line rights-of-way. Additional information, including a brochure and eligibility information, is available on ATC’s Grow Smart website at atc-GrowSmart.com.
DEPERE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. has received word of a helicopter crash near the intersection of Marquette Road and Sandy Road near Reedsville, Wis. The helicopter was involved in stringing wire along an ATC transmission line between the Point Beach Nuclear Plant and the Forest Junction Substation.
An internal team has been assembled to respond to the emergency at the scene to support an investigation of the accident.
American Transmission Co. is featured on the list of 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back according to the consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine.
Great Place to Work® analyzed surveys from nearly 600 companies to rank those that best create a sense of purpose and meaning among their employees through involvement in the community. Not only do these workplaces stand out for their generosity, their team members also express a great deal of pride in what their organizations accomplish.
“This recognition is particularly gratifying. ATC employees have proven to be generous in their time and resources for making a difference in the communities we serve,” said ATC President and CEO Mike Rowe. “I appreciate employees who volunteer throughout the year for our days of caring or their personal passions. I also appreciate employees’ support of our United Way campaigns and for donating to organizations that are further supported through our Matching Gifts Program. I am grateful to be among employees who genuinely care and take the time to give back.”
In the spirit of giving back, ATC will donate $1,000 to a non-profit organization chosen by employees in each county where its offices are located: Brown County, Dane County, Dickinson County and Waukesha County.
“The Best Workplaces for Giving Back demonstrate more than just a commitment to charity,” said Kim Peters, executive vice president at Great Place to Work®. “These organizations have earned employees’ admiration by involving staffers in their community service efforts and contributing resources in ways that genuinely reflect their unique cultures.”
ATC and the other winning companies were selected based on responses to the Trust Index©, Great Place to Work’s employee assessment survey. Employees rated their sense that they make a difference in their jobs, the meaningfulness of their work, and the impact they feel their organizations make in the community. The list also took into account company programs and an analysis of anonymous employee comments about their workplaces.
The Best Workplaces for Giving Back is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based upon employee survey feedback from Great Place to Work®-certified organizations.
Last fall, ATC also ranked among the nation’s top-25 medium-sized Great Places to Work as published in Fortune.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces list ranks ATC number 3
PEWAUKEE, WIS. — American Transmission Co., owner and operator of the electric transmission grid in portions of the Upper Midwest, has been selected as one of the 2016 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Top Workplaces in southeastern Wisconsin. This is the seventh year the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has published the list of top area workplaces, and this is the fourth time ATC has been nominated and named to the list. This year, ATC is number 3 on the list of midsize companies, up from its number 4 position last year.
The top workplaces are determined based on feedback from an employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, an organizational health and employee engagement research firm. ATC scored well above its peer organizations in the electric utility industry when it comes to efficiency and being open to new ideas.
“People learn, grow and stay here to enjoy our spirited one-team culture that values collaboration and innovation,” said ATC President and CEO Mike Rowe. “Being honored as a top workplace is credit to our employees, who are among the best in our industry.”
Last fall, ATC also ranked among the nation’s top-25 medium-sized Great Places to Work as published in FORTUNE magazine. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will publish its complete list of top workplaces this weekend.
Features best-in-class operations, community involvement, environmental stewardship
ATC’s 2015 annual report is now in print and available for viewing at our website.
The report highlights the year’s accomplishments in operations, construction, maintenance, environmental stewardship, community outreach and financial performance. It has some pretty pictures, too.
In his introductory letter, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Mike Rowe notes the hallmarks of the ATC organization: collaboration, innovation and leadership. ATC routinely collaborates with other transmission owners and stakeholders to assure reliable, economic and efficient planning for the build out of the regional grid. We also have worked with six utilities in the Railbelt region of Alaska to form a transmission company patterned after our business model. With a focus on innovation, Rowe notes that a team dedicated to overseeing internal projects to create efficiency, streamline processes and reduce costs has already achieve nearly a half-million dollars in cost savings. And our leadership is recognized by garnering the Great Place to Work® designation from FORTUNE magazine for the second year in a row.
To view a copy of the report, click here.