Friday, August 5, 2022

And the APGA Award goes to…


In his 38 years with MLGW, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Alonzo Weaver hasn’t shied away from belting out a tune when the occasion called for it.

Early in his utility career he often sang with a quartet of MLGW officials that included Herman Morris, the former president of MLGW. He also still sings in his church choir at Mississippi Blvd. Disciples of Christ.

So, it wasn’t a surprise for many of the 250 who attended the recent American Public Gas Association conference in Minneapolis. As chairman, Weaver sang the national anthem a cappella to kick off the convention. (Check out a snippet of his performance on the employee app, LGW Connect.)

As outgoing chairman, Weaver touted the benefits of gas as being reliable, affordable and abundant with few interruptions of natural gas getting to customers’ homes. “If you have a power outage, gas can get you through,” he said.

Through the hard work of the APGA, Weaver also pointed out that public utilities can apply for federal grants to repair or replace its natural gas distribution pipeline systems. The federal legislation earmarked $200 million a year in grant funding over the next five years for a total of $1 billion. MLGW is seeking almost $60 million in grant funding for five projects.

APGA honored Weaver with is distinguished service award. While stepping down as chairman, Weaver will continue to serve on its board of directors.

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