Bob Page appointed vice chairman of FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

By Wesley LeBlanc wesley@opcfla.com
Posted 10/21/20

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Bob Page will serve as the vice chairman for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

Page has been in Clay County for more than 20 years and …

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Bob Page appointed vice chairman of FMPA’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Bob Page will serve as the vice chairman for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

Page has been in Clay County for more than 20 years and served three terms on the Green Cove Springs City Council. He represented the city in FMPA meetings and committees and after terming out, he continued to serve as a liaison between the two. Since his last year on council in 2013, he’s been that liaison and now he’s been selected as the vice chairman of the Policy Makers Liaisons Committee.

“I’m thrilled about it and happy to be the vice chair,” Page said.

Page continued to serve as the city’s liaison in 2013 because it was more difficult for someone else on the council to attend as they all had full time jobs. He volunteered to continue to do it as he had a general interest in FMPA and the work surrounding it, and because he loved to serve his city.

The FMPA is a consortium of municipal electrical groups within the state of Florida, according to Page, that banded together in the 1970s in order to leverage independent strengths into one large group with great purchasing power. It’s much like a union, in that instead of a single municipality’s representative working to use their individual purchasing power for electricity or something along those lines, an entire group of different representatives can bargain using their collective purchasing power. But it isn’t a union.

Page said the collective purchasing power has been used to obtain better electrical power prices and services.

“So not only are we getting better purchasing power, but better representation as well in issues with state legislatures and other things,” Page said. “Beyond purchasing power and representation, we’re also getting the ability to interchange information amongst one another.”

The Policy Makers Liaisons Committee is a subcommittee of FMPA and was designed to have another way to communicate with legislative parties as cities with municipal power, Page said. Instead of having a utility board member go to the meetings to represent Green Cove Springs, Page attends on the city’s behalf and relays information back and forth between the two parties. Even before Page, it was historically someone on the council that represented Green Cove Springs and not someone on a utility board.

Page said the position rotates throughout the committee annually and that his turn for vice chair arrived. He’s excited for what this entails.

“I think it’s just a desire to be active in the community and help out in any way that I can that keeps me so excited about all of this,” Page said. “It’s just one of those things I find enjoyable and interesting and I’m more than willing to keep doing this.”

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