ATLANTA, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company has been named the U.S. Company of the Year by Conexx, the premier organization connecting Americans and Israelis via business. Southern Company Chairman, CEO & President Thomas A. Fanning accepted the award on behalf of the company at the 2017 Conexx Gala in Atlanta.
"Conexx has been a terrific partner as together we continue to build the future of energy," Fanning said. "On behalf of everyone at Southern Company, I am proud to accept this award and proud of our work with Conexx to cultivate business opportunities for both American and Israeli companies."
Southern Company was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the U.S.-Israel business relationship as it continues to innovate and shape the future of energy by developing the full portfolio of energy resources. Southern Company partnered with Conexx to explore innovation in various industry sectors including alternative energy, cybersecurity, homeland security, water, smart cities, transportation, marketing technology and indoor agriculture. Furthermore, Southern Company representatives have traveled to Israel. Most recently, the Georgia Power economic development department visited Israel and collaborated with the Georgia Department of Economic Development representative in Israel to bring Israeli companies to Georgia.
Conexx was established in 1992 as the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region. Today, Conexxis a private, not-for profit, non-governmental business organization connecting Israelis and Americans in business and exploring new market opportunities. With over 500 members, Conexx is recognized for delivering value to those looking to connect with Israel and create value in support of the business between Israel and the U.S.
About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.
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