The Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) today announced the release of its 2014 Annual Report. The report provides a high level of graphic user interaction in the form of an online magazine, organized by stories, facts and community impact. Also today, the HBPW earned an Award of Excellence from the American Public Power Association for its 2013 Annual Report.
“We feel that the Annual Report is an excellent opportunity for us to share the story of our community owned utility,” said Dave Koster, general manager at HBPW. “This year’s report makes our stories and performance information more accessible and visitor-friendly than ever.”
Visitors to the 2014 Annual Report are presented with three categories- Stories, The Facts and Impact. Much like an e-magazine, visitors can browse bite-sized articles about the design of the Holland Energy Park, a recap of the ice storms that swept across Michigan last year, water utility improvement projects, community impact and more.
Interactive features of the site include easy-to-follow diagrams displaying plant production processes, finances, and a 360° tour of the newly renovated customer service lobby. Visitors and students can also learn about combined cycle natural gas technology by engaging with Start it Up!: An Interactive Diagram, where they take the operator’s seat in the new power plant.
The 2014 Annual Report carries forward a tradition of award-winning communications for the utility. Over the past four years, HBPW has earned top honors from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for their innovation in digital annual reports. Today the APPA awarded HBPW with an Award of Excellence for its 2013 Annual Report. HBPW earned the award through extensive use of creative video, background video, interactive maps and financial charts.