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Today is February 19, 2018

James Buggs earns telecomm certification

Conway Corp cable installer James Buggs has earned the Business Class Services Specialist (BCSS) certification from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) after completing required course work and a final exam.

The BCSS certification describes the knowledge of an experienced technician who will perform business-level installations for small to medium business customers. Successful candidates have the knowledge to install and troubleshoot as required to repair or restore the customer’s business service.

“James is a dedicated employee who always puts the customer first,” CATV Training Coordinator Tommy Nolen said. “This SCTE certification ensures that he has the knowledge and confidence to continue to provide our business customers with excellent quality service.”

The SCTE is a global leader for telecommunication education and training programs that meet the ever-changing cable industry. The Broadband Premises Installation and Service course was developed in collaboration with the industry’s top technical professionals and cable operators. The training is nationally recognized by the cable telecommunications industry and helps individuals interested in working for a cable provider. 

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Today is February 19, 2018

Anita Cegers-Coleman named Conway Corp Teacher of the Year

Anita Cegers-Coleman was recently recognized as the 2016 Conway Corp Teacher of the Year in the Conway Public School System. Cegers-Coleman, a keyboarding teacher at Ruth Doyle Middle School, was presented the award and $2,000 at the Conway Public School Back-to-School Assembly. 

In 2013, Conway Corp pledged a $440,000 gift over four years to endow the award and to support Teacher Impact Grants presented by the Conway Public School Foundation. 

“We are proud to follow the tradition our company was founded on by supporting education in our community,” Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold said.

Conway Corp was established in 1929 as the community faced the threat of losing Hendrix College and Central Baptist College. At that time, Conway Corp was given the lease on Conway’s electric system. Bonds in the amount of $215,000 were issued and given to each of Conway’s three colleges, along with the public and parochial schools.

"Conway Corp's support for education in Conway is profound,” Dr. Greg Murry, Superintendent of Conway Public Schools, said “Our district appreciates their ongoing commitment to quality teaching in our schools." 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

My Life, Powered by Conway Corp

Electricity powers our lives. We rely on it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support the life we enjoy from personal appliances to business machinery. Conway Corp has been powering our community since 1929, and we’re proud to provide a dependable and reliable service to our friends and neighbors.

As essential as it is to our everyday lives, electricity is often taken for granted. Plug in a cord, flip a switch, turn a knob – it’s always there. We all rely on a growing number of appliances every day but rarely recognize and appreciate the value of electricity.

Consider a chargeable gadget like your cell phone, the clock radio that jolts you awake or the TV that brings you the latest news. The water heater that keeps your shower hot and the refrigerator that keeps your soft drinks cold. The automatic sprinkler system that keeps your lawn green and the toaster that turns your bread a crisp, golden brown. The washing machine that sends you off in clean clothes and the automatic garage door that welcomes you safely home – it’s all powered by Conway Corp.

How do you use electricity every day? Students – show us how Conway Corp powers your life by entering the fourth annual Conway Corp Energy Smart Poster and Essay Contest.

The poster contest is open to students K-4th grade in Conway. Students should use their imagination to create a drawing colored with crayons, markers, colored pencils or paints to illustrate the 2016 contest theme, “My Life, Powered by Conway Corp.”

Entries will be judged on creativity and theme representation. Winning posters will be on display in the Conway Corp lobby for Public Power Week in October. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place winners. The classroom of the overall winner will also be awarded $100 in that student’s name along with a Conway Corp pizza party.

The essay contest is open to students 5th-12th grade in Conway. Students should submit a typed essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the 2016 contest theme, “My Life, Powered by Conway Corp.”

Entries will be judged on content and syntax. The winning essays will be featured in October during Public Power Week, and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place to winners in two age categories: 5th-7th and 8th-12th.

All students K-12th who live in the Conway Corp service area are eligible. Ask your school officials for an official entry form and contest rules or click here.

Entries should be submitted to participating teachers or postmarked to Conway Corp 1307 Prairie Street Conway AR 72034 by Friday, September 30. Essay entries can be shared via Google Docs or emailed to marketing@myconwaycorp.tv. A scanned copy of the entry form plus contact information must accompany all electronic submissions. Please put “2016 Essay Contest” in the subject line.

For more information about the contest or about Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program, click here or call 501-450-6000.  

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

Wampus Cat football now broadcasting in HD

Conway Corp has been broadcasting Wampus Cat football for sixteen years and this year is proud to announce the addition of high definition broadcasts to the viewing options for Wampus Cat games.

“Fans will love seeing the Wampus Cats in HD,” Conway Corp Marketing Manager Crystal Kemp said. “The pageantry of high school football on Friday nights – the teams, the bands, the spirit squads – all of it looks great in HD and we are proud to bring that to Wampus Cat fans.”

Rebroadcasts of Wampus Cat games will be available in HD on Conway Corp Channel 585 and the 5 Sports YouTube channel and in SD on Conway Corp Channel 5 and Video OnDemand.

Also this season, live broadcasts of Conway’s road games are available with WampusCats2Go on Conway Corp Channel 5 and YouTube through any internet connected device.

Jeff Matthews returns for his sixteenth season as play by play announcer. New this season he will be joined in the booth by Levi Gilbert as color commentator.

“I’m looking forward to working with Levi during the football season,” Matthews said. “He is a talented journalist and has covered the Wampus Cats for the last decade. He did a great job on our basketball broadcasts in the spring and will bring an exciting new perspective to our football broadcasts.”

Replays of all games will be shown on Channel 5 and 585 at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Thursday and anytime on Conway Corp Local OnDemand Channel 200. Conway Regional Health System will serve as the 5 Sports sponsor for the season.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

Education, powered by Conway Corp

In 1929, the citizens of Conway banded together and created a unique vision. In the grips of the Great Depression, bonds were sold to create Conway Corp out of the city’s electric utility revenues to generate enough money to keep Hendrix College and Central Baptist College in the city.

Conway Corp has been linked with education ever since, as what started at $215,000 of bonds has grown into millions of dollars invested and reinvested time and time again to power education, students and opportunities in our community over the last 87 years.

“Education has the power to change lives, and just like our own employees need the right tools for the job, students need the right tools in order to be successful,” Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold said. “Conway Corp is dedicated to this community and committed to furthering education in our city through a wide-variety of education-related initiatives.”

Conway Corp provides world-class digital technology to our local schools and universities along with scholarships, grants, educational outreach and more.  Since 2010, Conway Corp has given more than $4,000 in scholarships to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Faulkner County and has given more than $600,000 in endowed scholarships to local students who attend the University of Central Arkansas, Central Baptist College and Hendrix since 2008. Conway Corp provides additional scholarships every year including 5 Sports scholarships awards to local student athletes for their performance on the field and in the classroom.

In addition, Conway Corp employees provide educational outreach at community events including Toad Suck Daze and at school events like field days and enrichment programs to talk about electric safety, being energy smart and even Internet safety tips and tools. Conway Corp is proud to recognize the Conway Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year each year and support the Conway Public Schools Foundation with teacher grants.

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program hosts an annual art and essay contest to encourage students to start thinking about energy conservation and powering an energy smart future. The contest is open to K-12 students who live in the Conway Corp service area with cash prizes awarded to both the winning student and school. 

Most recently, Conway Corp pledged $3 million to UCA for the construction of a new science center. The 50,000 square foot addition to the Lewis Science Center will be called the Conway Corporation Center for Sciences, will be LEED certified and will hold teaching, research and laboratory space to accommodate current and future students. The building is nearing completion and will open for students in January 2017.

In 1929, Conway leaders built a framework to benefit future generations over and over again. They created an opportunity powered by Conway Corp and its commitment to our community. Since then, Conway Corp and our employees have worked to honor that commitment and make a difference in the place we call home by continuing our legacy of supporting education. We proudly continue the efforts of our leaders in 1929 who captured the spirit of Conway and created a vision of education powered by Conway Corp. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

Lawrence celebrates 30 years of service

We’ve come a long way since we began operating Conway’s electric light plant in 1929, and we owe much of our success to our employees – the men and women who proudly serve this community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

This month, Conway Corp would like to recognize eight employees who are celebrating milestone anniversaries and have each been with the company 28 years or more. 

Jim Lawrence is celebrating 30 years with Conway Corp. Jim was hired in July 1986 as a groundman and was promoted in 1996 to locator then to locator foreman in 1999. In October 2010, he was promoted to his current position, damage prevention foreman. Jim manages, coordinates and supervises the locating of Conway Corp utility lines to protect the lines and the public to potential hazards. 

In addition, Wastewater Plant Operator Brent Clark is celebrating 37 years of service; Underground Service Tech Randy Ethridge is celebrating 28 years of service; Wastewater Chief Plant Operator Tilden Fulmer is celebrating 37 years of service; Water Plant Operator Steve Mahar is celebrating 43 years of service; Accounting, Compliance and Risk Management Manager Tracy Moore is celebrating 29 years of service; Engineering Secretary Liz Nixon is celebrating 36 years of service and Electric Foreman Mark Rowlett is celebrating 31 years of service. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

Benefits of an Energy Smart Home

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program is one of the many ways we’re balancing increasing demands for electricity with our commitment to providing affordable rates while enhancing the quality of life for our friends and neighbors.

We’re dedicated to making homes in Conway energy efficient, and that’s why we created the Energy Smart New Home Program to recognize builders who implement efficiency construction and equipment measures. Recognized builders adhere to stringent construction guidelines, and Energy Smart Homes are proven by the U.S. Department of Energy to be 20 to 30 percent more energy efficient than a standard built home.

Energy Smart Homes combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, windows, appliances and lighting to reduce home energy use as cost-effectively as possible. Energy Smart Homes save energy and money, while being more comfortable and durable.

Homebuyers should consider the benefits of an Energy Smart Home when looking for a new home. Energy Smart Homes perform better for the homeowner and the environment thanks to a variety of features including insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts and efficient heating and cooling equipment. All homes that receive the Energy Smart designation are independently audited by a Conway Corporation energy professional to ensure proper construction and guidelines have been followed.

Energy Smart Home Features

Effective Insulation – Properly installed insulation in floors, walls and attics ensure even temperatures throughout the house while reducing energy use.

High-Performance/Low-E Windows – Energy–efficient windows employ advanced technologies such as protective coatings and improved frames to help keep heat in during the winter and out during the summer while blocking ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpet and furnishings.

Tight Construction and Ducts – A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality, while lowering utility and maintenance costs. At the same time, sealing holes and cracks in a home’s envelope and in the heating and cooling duct systems reduces drafts, moisture, dust, pollen and noise.

High-Efficiency Heating & Cooling Equipment – Energy-efficient, properly installed heating and cooling systems use less energy and save money. In addition, they’re quieter, reduce indoor humidity and improve the overall comfort of the home.

High-Efficiency Lighting and Appliances – Energy Smart Homes are also equipped with Energy STAR qualified products like light fixtures, fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans and appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines that reduce overall energy use in the home.

Low-Flow Water Products – Products like low-flow shower heads and toilets conserve water and reduce utility costs.

Energy Smart Home Benefits

Energy Savings – Not all homes are energy efficient. Many builders claim their homes are energy efficient, but Energy Smart Builders have the certification to back it up.

Lower Ownership Cost – Compared to standard-built homes, Energy Smart Homes use substantially less energy, and energy-efficient homes deliver $300 to $400 in annual savings on energy bills. Over the average seven to eight years a homeowner stays in a home, that will add up to thousands of dollars saved on utility bills.

Comfort – Properly installed energy-efficient improvements deliver better protection against cold, heat, drafts, moisture, pollution and noise. Energy Smart Homes ensure consistent temperatures between and across rooms, improved indoor air quality and greater durability.

Peace of Mind – Home buying is complex enough without having to know all the details of energy-efficient construction. An Energy Smart Home easily identifies that it is truly energy efficient.

Independent Testing – Every Energy Smart Home is certified by a Conway Corp energy professional to verify its energy performance and ensure it meets energy-efficiency standards.

Smart Investment –Today, everyone is concerned about managing energy costs. Homebuyers who purchase an Energy Smart Home can be confident it will have highly-valued features when the time comes to sell.

Conway Corp is proud to work with local builders to ensure homebuyers have high-quality, energy-efficient options in Conway. Our professionals work with dozens of companies in the city, including Rush-Hal Properties that was recently named Conway Corp’s 2015 Energy Smart Builder of the Year.

Rush-Hal Properties built 19 Energy Smart homes in 2015, and they have additional homes under construction for 2016. Look for the Energy Smart sign in front of Rush-Hal properties that are certified energy-efficient.

Customers interested in learning more about Energy Smart homes or builders interested in building Energy Smart homes can call 450-6000 or click here. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

Conway Corp promotes Michael Chapman

Conway Corp has announced the promotion of Michael Chapman from Manager, Power Supply to Assistant Director, Power Supply and Major Accounts. 

In his new role, Chapman will assist in the direction of Conway Corp’s power supply efforts, manage relationships with major accounts and assist the direction of energy efficiency efforts the company is supporting. 

“Michael has many years of management experience that will provide a solid base for his new position,” George Heintzen, Director, Power Supply and Major Accounts said. “He grasps both the big picture and the details that are important in power supply and major account management.”

Chapman began his career at Conway Corp in 2005 as a Land Acquisition Coordinator. 

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

Customer Newsletter: Digital Meter Installation

In the coming months, Conway Corp will begin installing digital electric and water meters throughout the community as a part of its advanced meter project.

The project, which replaces residential and commercial meters, will be completed in 2018. Once installed, the metering system will support digital two-way communication between meters and utilities and eventually offer more direct customer benefits.

“The new meters will transfer electricity and water use information more quickly and efficiently to our distribution and billing systems,” Conway Corp CEO Richard Arnold said. “This means we can provide a more seamless customer service experience, including quicker service connection, earlier leak detection and better understanding of electric or water usage.”

Conway Corp will also be able to identify and respond to electric outages and water problems more effectively.

Customers will receive advance notification indicating when meters are scheduled to be upgraded in their area. Installation takes a few minutes, with a brief interruption in electric service. Once installation is complete, a notice will be left at the door. If installation can’t be completed, the notice will provide rescheduling information.

Following electric meter installation, water meter devices, located on the exterior of homes and businesses, will be replaced. Once underway, customers can find the latest information on the meter installation project online by emailing comments@conwaycorp.net or calling 501- 450-6000.

Click here to read more stories from the Spring 2016 Customer Newsletter including the retirement of Senior Lineman Lance Woodcock and Line Clearance Foreman Gary Manning.

Blog & News from Conway Corporation
Today is February 19, 2018

Get a free energy audit from Conway Corp

This summer season, you probably want to save money on your energy use while still providing comfortable living conditions for you and your family. While you might see your utility costs rising thanks to summer temperatures that might not be the only reason for higher statements.

You might find your home’s HVAC system is always running hard but can’t adequately cool your home, or maybe some rooms in your house are cooler or hotter than others. Maybe you noticed a mold or mildew problem in a room other than the bathroom. You can help find and begin solving these problems with a home energy audit.

Conway Corp’s Energy Smart program offers free residential energy audits to help customers identify how much energy their homes consume and what measures may be taken to make their homes more energy efficient. The analysis will show a homeowner problems that may, when corrected, save significant amounts of money over time. A home energy audit is the first step to assess how much energy your home consumes while evaluating what measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient.

How does a home energy audit work?

During the audit process, a Conway Corp certified energy professional will perform a walk-through inspection of your home using a variety of techniques and equipment to determine its energy-efficiency level. The inspection will help you understand the efficiency level of your home’s heating and cooling systems, look at how your windows and doors seal, inspect insulation levels, show you ways to conserve electricity and help identify leaks in your home.

An energy audit looks at several specific features of your home including your homes thermal envelope: walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows and skylights. Each of these has a specific R-value, which is a measurement of the resistance to heat flow. The higher the resistance – or R-value – the better the insulation quality. Another factor is the leakage rate or how much outside air infiltrates your home. Drafty doors and windows are the primary culprits here; however, other features of your home’s construction including age, orientation to the sun and physical condition will have an effect. A third area to look at is your home’s mechanical system – the heating/ventilation/air condition as well as the heating water.

Annually, homes that have received a free audit from Energy Smart save $148,000 combined in utility costs. Over the lifetime of the program, these homes have saved more than $2.6 million. Some solutions are simple and inexpensive. For example, a $4 tube of caulk might save you $100 in energy costs. Other improvements might be more expensive but can be done over time like installing efficient low-wattage lighting fixtures, adding insulation or upgrading to Energy Star rated appliances.

In addition to the residential audit program, Energy Smart also offers zero percent interest loans to Conway Corp customers for home improvements like replacing old appliances or installing attic insulation. The loan program, funded by the City of Conway through the American Recovery Act of 2009, is available to Conway Corp customers only. Although there are no income limits, applicants must have a good credit history with Conway Corp. Loans are available between $500-2,500 and are repayable over a 36-month period.

An energy audit this summer will show you where to start saving money to cool your home and it will help identify heating problems that could potentially cost you during the cold winter months too. Schedule your free energy audit today to identify areas for your home’s improvements and develop a plan of action.

To learn more about residential energy audits, the zero percent interest loan program or the Energy Smart program, contact Conway Corp at 501.450.6000 or click here.

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