March 10, 2015 - Waltham, MA – National Grid’s partnership with Earth Networks has been recognized by the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP), a professional association dedicated to the practice of alliance management, at the ASAP 2015 Alliance Excellence Awards presented last week at the 2015 Global Alliance Summit in Orlando, Florida.
The partnership with National Grid and Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug®, won in the category of Individual Alliance Excellence, which recognizes excellence in planning, implementation, and results for a single alliance between two or more companies/organizations. The National Grid/Earth Networks partnership was cited for, “…multi-partner involvement and extensive community participation, combined with increased sales and expansion, makes the project exceptional.”
National Grid made the commitment to install 55 WeatherBug stations at schools, public safety and community buildings across the company’s service territory in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island to enhance STEM education resources, to keep communities safer by providing real-time alerts and forecasts to first responders and to improve storm and power restoration responses.
“We’re thrilled to be recognized by ASAP,” said Jim Madej, National Grid’s senior vice president, and chief customer officer. “This project has so many layers of successful alliances: it gives us another tool to respond to customers with local information and weather conditions; it links public safety offices, schools, businesses and neighbors through common concerns about weather and safety; it allows us to provide another resource to help in achieving our goal of enhancing STEM education in our communities and it reinforces our relationship with Earth Networks.”
“Live, local weather data performs a critical role in the community – from providing first responders with vital information on approaching severe weather, to informing school officials of snow and ice storms, to helping utilities better prepare for outages,” says Bob Marshall, CEO, Earth Networks - WeatherBug. “We are delighted with this partnership and that National Grid is paving the way to make hyper-local weather data available across upstate New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.”
Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug, operates the largest weather observing and lightning network. The Maryland-based company has been deploying weather sensors at schools and making weather more hands-on for K-12 students for 20 years. Today, the network includes sensors at thousands of schools, public buildings, parks and other sites throughout the country that provide live weather data 24/7.
“These prestigious awards honor exemplary business collaborations that create innovative organizational models and celebrate achievements in strategic alliance management,” said Michael Leonetti, president and CEO of ASAP, in this week’s ASAP press release. “They applaud progressive leadership and exceptional company-wide performance in major corporations, mid-sized enterprises, start-ups, and public-private initiatives across a diverse array of industries. Collaboration is often a winning strategy in business, and the performance of these partnering finalists proves it’s a valuable strategy for boosting profits and customer satisfaction, increasing new market segment penetration, and having a positive social impact.”
Awards were presented in the categories of Individual Alliance Excellence, Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovative Best Alliance Practice, and Alliance Program Excellence. Finalist companies and organizations included Medifast and Medix, National Grid and Earth Networks, Sanofi and ImmunoGen, The Dow Chemical Company and The Nature Conservancy, Novartis and Malaria No More, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Philips, Bayer HealthCare, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals.
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About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).
Millions rely on WeatherBug’s apps and website for the best forecasts, the fastest alerts and more. Our sensors, deployed at thousands of schools, major sports stadiums, broadcast TV stations and public safety facilities, put the power of the largest commercial-grade weather network at your fingertips. Our exclusive Spark™ feature is the only tool that puts minute-by-minute, mile-by-mile lightning detection in the palm of your hand on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. WeatherBug is operated by Earth Networks. Learn more at www.earthnetworks.com