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Our innovation leadership in focus

Darren Epps, EIC and Bryan Coley, GPC named as finalists for “Corporate Innovation of the Year” award, presented by Collaborative Innovation Awards 2017.

Southern Company continues to garner recognition for innovation leadership, helping brighten the spotlight on Atlanta as an innovation hub and increasing the focus on the Southern Company system’s initiatives to build the future of energy. Southern Company’s Energy Innovation Center (EIC) recently added several award recognitions to its roster.

Following an April visit to the EIC by executives from across industries, Innovation Leader named Atlanta as one of the “Top 10 Cities for Corporate Innovation” and specifically highlighted Southern Company and Georgia Power’s innovation initiatives. Innovation Leader – a collective of journalists, analysts and media entrepreneurs focused on helping large organizations innovate – organized the executive field trip that included a tour of the EIC and other innovation centers in Atlanta’s Tech Square.

Among the latest recognitions, the EIC was recognized with Ignite 2017’s “Most Innovative Approach” award for Southern Company’s online One-Day Challenges. The monthly sessions enable employees across the system to collaborate and discuss business challenges and ways to improve how we serve our customers.

“Everything we do is to enhance how we serve our customers and improve our communities,” said Innovation Center Vice President Michael Britt. “We’re honored by these latest recognitions of our work and the continued acknowledgement of Southern Company and our region as leaders in energy innovation.”

Julie Pigott, Paul Brooks, and Jason Pastras of the EIC, accept the “Most Innovative Approach” award at Ignite 2017 Julie Pigott and Jason Pastras of the EIC, accept the “Most Innovative Approach” award at Ignite 2017. Also pictured is Paul Brooks, Spigit chief customer officer.

Elsewhere, the EIC was a finalist for the “Corporate Innovation of the Year” award, presented by Imaginatik and Suffolk University. Southern Company was recognized for the rEVolution initiative that provides an electric vehicle concierge service, as well as infrastructure initiatives.

The rEVolution project was a winner in Southern Company’s 2014 SO Prize competition – the company’s internal competition that sparked nearly 1,000 innovative ideas from employees.