EN Named Victory Media's 2017 Military Friendly Employers List 11/10/2016 Rollup Image Page ContentJohn Dobken, Public Affairs, 509-377-8369Anna Markham, Public Affairs, 509-377-8162 RICHLAND, Wash. – Energy Northwest earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2003, Military Friendly® Employers is the most comprehensive job resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Employers is provided to service members and their families, helping them discover the best post-military career opportunities available. “One in four Energy Northwest employees are veterans – 28 percent,” said CEO Mark Reddemann. “To some degree this reflects the industry's career pipeline from the nuclear Navy. Yet it also reflects the value we place locally on the high caliber of skills, talent and character our team receives with each new veteran hire from all branches of the military.” Energy Northwest is continually expanding its partnership with regional military bases and veteran organizations. As more members of the nation’s nuclear workforce prepare for retirement, the need is growing for well-trained and highly skilled individuals. In many cases, military veterans have training and skill that directly correlates to those required for energy industry positions. “Veterans have a strong sense of pride and fit well with public power and EN’s culture of excellence,” Reddemann said. “Companies that have earned the 2017 Military Friendly® Employer designation have exceptionally strong hiring programs and meaningful jobs for transitioning service members, veterans and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media. “Our Military Friendly® Employers have moved beyond answering ‘why hire military?’ They are truly aligning their jobs and recruiting efforts with Military Friendly® Schools to translate military competencies into civilian careers.” Companies and organizations earning the Military Friendly® Employer designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 200 companies participated in the Military Friendly® Employers portion of the 2017 Military Friendly® Companies survey. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining an organization’s survey score with an assessment of the organization’s ability to meet thresholds for applicant, new hire retention, employee turnover, and promotion & advancement of veterans and military employees. Energy Northwest will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Employers in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® magazine, the January 2017 issue of Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com. About Energy Northwest Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including hydro, solar and wind projects – and the Northwest’s only nuclear power facility. These projects provide enough reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible energy to power more than a million homes each year, and that carbon-free electricity is provided at the cost of generation. As a Washington state, joint action agency, Energy Northwest comprises 27 public power member utilities from across the state serving more than 1.5 million ratepayers. The agency continually explores new generation projects to meet its members’ needs. About Military Friendly® Employer The Military Friendly® Employers list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for thousands of federal contractors nationwide, input of military employees, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Employers survey from participating companies. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Data calculations and tabulations were independently evaluated for completeness and accuracy by EY. The survey is administered for free and is open to companies that have hired veterans in the past 12 months. Criteria for consideration can be found at: militaryfriendly.com.