Development of a Tribal Utility
Why is the Development of a Tribally Owned Utility aGood Thing
WHAT CONDITION EXISTS ON MOST TRIBAL LANDS?
THE LACK OF LONG TERM EMPLOYMENT
STATIC BUSINESS ENVIRONMENTHOUSING No Large Projects
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ??????? INDUSTRY ??????
COMPETITION FOR DECLINING DOLLARS
Provides a Tribe the opportunity to create a sustainable enterprise that promotes economic development, employment, self-determination with a minimal amount of risk.
Promote Economic DevelopmentParticipate in community planningCommercial developmentExpanding our market share
Deals with a sustainable commodityNormally has an established, sustainable and protected marketKeeps revenues generated on tribal landsPromotes sustainable employmentAllows environmental safeguardsCan minimize government involvementPromotes self-determination
Private Enterprise, privately owned and usually for profitTribal department Answers to council Subject to political influences Political Subdivision Does not answer to council Controlled by elected officialsTribal Instrumentality Independent Board or Council Limited political involvement May be a volunteer organization
In 1971 PTUA was developed as a Tribal Instrumentality to provide electric and water service for the reservation.$100,000.00 loan from the Tribe, six employees and borrowed office space. Today TOUA has a combined plant value of approximately $109 million.Provides electric, water / wastewater, telephone, cellular, internet and propane services for the entire Tohono Oodham Nation.Employees approximately 108 permanent qualified individuals, and a staff of specific project workers.
IN 2009 THE ANNUAL COMBINED BUDGETS TOTALED $117,400,000THE ESTIMATED TOTAL REVENUES:$117,400,000THE TOTAL PAYROLL FOR 2009:$4,800,000
Indian Health Service Funding
Probably the most common funding source for infrastructure developmentNormally done through the M.O. A. process. If handled properly, can result in a well built user friendly utility system.Provides funding for many ancillary services i.e. training, equipment, facilities etc.
USDA / RDEPARUSIHSBIAINTERNALLY GENERATED PRIVATE INVESTMENT
EDUCATIONStay abreast of the changing regulatory environmentProfessional Development for our staff. Maintaining adequate staffing.
COMMUNICATIONMake everyone aware of the changes in the industryCustomer (consumer) education Public Meetings Consumer Confidence Reporting School Programs Open Houses
What Have We Been Doing
Continue To Look ahead
WithForce Account, Tribal Procurement & 638 Construction we improve and expand.
Electric DepartmentPlant Expansion and Replacement
High Cost Grant Electrifying Remote Areas
Exploring Renewable Energy AlternativesDoing this work with internal workforce.
Telephone DepartmentInstallation of Fiber Optics To Every Community Expanding Hi-Speed Internet and Exploring Wi-FiExpanding the Cellular Operation
Investigating Digital Television Service
Doing the work with internal workforce and special projects workers.
Propane DepartmentResidential Delivery
Expanding Commercial Business.
WHY WE DO IT
Why We Do It
What the Future Has In Store
Look Toward the FutureKeep working toward financial viabilityStay current with human resource issuesContinue to monitor and adjust rates as needed.Plan responsiblyBe proactive
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$Maximize Federal FundingGrantsLoans Consolidated funding from various sources