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Raymond Robinson
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Nashville Electric Services

Teresa Corlew

Nashville Electric Services Signs on with Neighborhood Link as the First Public Utility to Help Power Civic Communication in Nashville

DENVER & NASHVILLE, TN, October 12, 1999 - Neighborhood Link (, the Internet-based community network that enables metropolitan-area neighborhood associations to create their own free, interactive Web sites today announced that it has signed a sponsorship agreement with its first public utility company. Nashville Electric Services (NES), one of the ten largest public power utilities in the nation is the first corporate sponsor to help bring this unique service to its community.

“We are very excited to have NES as the first public utility to benefit from Neighborhood Link’s civic resources,” said Ted Pinkowitz, CEO of Neighborhood Link. “Our network will enable NES to communicate directly with its community members and customers via neighborhood Web sites, a very powerful communication tool.”

By connecting neighborhoods with city government Web sites, Neighborhood Link is becoming the nation’s primary resource for civic communication and information. Neighborhood Link’s goal is to re-create civic communication in the United States through public and private partnerships with cities and corporations. Neighborhood Link relies on category exclusive corporate sponsorships to provide this valuable resource, offering six sponsorships in each metropolitan region.

Neighborhood Link enables neighborhood associations and homeowners associations to establish and maintain their own Web sites quickly and easily by entering information into simple forms, which automatically and instantaneously create or modify Web pages. No knowledge of HTML or programming language is necessary.

“Since Mayor Bill Purcell took office here in Nashville, we have seen a positive movement towards focusing on our local neighborhoods,” said Teresa Corlew of NES. “NES wanted to join in to help build a stronger community, and we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to bring a powerful civic resource like Neighborhood Link to the Nashville community. There is nothing else like it out there, and we know that our neighborhoods will benefit from this service.”

NES is sponsoring Neighborhood Link as a public service for its 60th anniversary by giving back to the Nashville community in which it has served over the years. Additionally, NES is using the sites to highlight their service commitments to their customers such as 24/7 call responsiveness, service responses in any language and “Power Promise,” a time and dollar commitment to local utility service.

NES is the first American Public Power Association (APPA) member to sign on as a Neighborhood Link corporate sponsor through Hometown Connections. Hometown Connections is a marketing subsidiary of APPA and a Neighborhood Link partner.

About Neighborhood Link

Neighborhood Link ( is an Internet-based community network that enables neighborhoods in participating metropolitan areas to create their own free, interactive Web sites. Neighborhood Link, which launched in 1998, becomes fully integrated into communities through partnerships with local governments, neighborhood groups and community organizations, including public schools, libraries, police departments and community newspapers. Denver-based Neighborhood Link currently serves 24 U.S. metropolitan areas - Baltimore, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles/Orange County, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland/Vancouver, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, Tampa and Tucson - and plans to be in more than 30 markets by December 1999. For more information about obtaining free neighborhood Web sites or about becoming a corporate sponsor, call toll-free 1-888-241-0123.

About NES

NES is one of the largest public electric utilities in the nation. Its customers are also its owners, and ratepayers in the NES service area enjoy the benefits of electricity at rates that are among the lowest in the country, region, and state. The Nashville area is growing rapidly, and NES is building new infrastructure to meet the needs of an expanding economy and population. Giving back to the community as it grows and changes is important, and NES sponsors many civic and charitable causes. Although a non-profit business, NES contributes to local economic health by making the largest tax equivalency payment to Metro Davidson County government, as well as payments to all other cities and counties in which it operates. For more information about NES, call 615-747-3613, or use the media pager at 615-817-7644.

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