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03/04/2009 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Marks National Consumer Protection Week by Helping Tampa Residents Manage Utility Bills


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is partnering with the Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance during National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), March 1-7, to assist Florida’s unemployed residents by showing them how to manage their telephone and utility bills.  PSC representatives will visit Tampa on Friday, March 6.

“Now, more than ever, Floridians need to practice energy and water conservation tips to help reduce their bills and benefit their pocketbooks,” said PSC Chairman Matthew M. Carter.  “This week we will also be signing up eligible residents to receive a discount on basic telephone service through the Lifeline Assistance program.”

This year’s NCPW theme, Nuts and Bolts: Tools for Today’s Economy, is a nationwide effort to help consumers, in communities where they live and work, get the most for their money. 

The NCPW event in Tampa will take place at the following time and location:

Friday, March 6, 2009
9 a.m. - Noon

Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance
9215 N. Florida Ave. Ste 101
Tampa, FL 33612

About the PSC

The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive their electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and the monitoring of safety, reliability, and service.

About Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance

Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance works with business and candidates to leverage their training, retraining, and competitive opportunities in the workforce.  Nearly 100,000 job candidates annually access the four career centers, making TBWA the single largest source for job candidates in the region.  More than 3,000 businesses annually access TBWA’s wide range of services, including employee recruiting; customized training; targeted career fairs; workshops and business seminars; and retention support strategies.  Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance is a member of the Employ Florida statewide network of workforce services and resources.

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.  Information on NCPW is available at http://www.consumer.gov/ncpw/.



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