In 1876, a public well was constructed in the fast growing community of Atlantic for drinking water. Fourteen years later, on July 28, 1890, the citizens of Atlantic voted to establish a publicly owned, not-for-profit electric system, allowing all consumer/owners of Atlantic Municipal Utilities to have a direct say in utility operations and policies. Today, Atlantic Municipal Utilities is one of 137 public power systems in Iowa and one of approximately 500 public water supply systems throughout the state supplying high quality electricity and water to the people of Iowa and Atlantic. Service means everything to Atlantic Municipal Utilities. It is the reason we were created by the people of Atlantic. It is the reason the people of Atlantic continue to believe in the idea that service as important as electricity and water should be owned by the people they serve. It’s true, our product is electricity and water, but service is what we have to sell. Our local staff consists of your friends and neighbors who care about our customers because we are all citizens of the same fine community. Atlantic Municipal Utilities provides our homes, businesses, farms, and other organizations with reliable, efficient, and cost-effective electricity by employing sound business practices designed to ensure the best possible service at the lowest possible rates. In fact, the American Public Power Association (APPA) recently issued a summary of the most current average rates charged to electric utility consumers. The results show that Atlantic’s average residential rate of 5.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), is well below the average of 8.0 cents per kWh for Iowa’s investor-owned and cooperative electric utilities. In addition, the low commercial rates charged to AMU consumers help attract new businesses and retain current businesses. And that form of economic development is good for all of us in Atlantic. AMU is also a major contributor to the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce, the Cass Atlantic Development Corporation, and Atlantic Trees Forever. Furthermore, Atlantic Municipal Utilities pays taxes in Adair, Audubon, Cass, Dallas, Madison, Shelby, and Pottawattamie counties serving as a financial supporter of their activities.