Southern Company recognized as a top employer for military

          Southern Company recognized as a top employer for military

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, May 21, 2013

ATLANTA, May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reflecting its longstanding commitment
to military recruitment, Southern Company has been named a top employer for
both active duty and veteran military in a pair of recent surveys. Southern
Company is the top-ranked energy company and No. 19 overall in the Military
Times EDGE Best for Vets 2013: Employers survey and has been named to the Most
Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military^® winners by for the
fourth consecutive year.


"Veterans and reservists add incredible value to Southern Company," said Kim
Greene, president and CEO of Southern Company Services. "These talented
employees demonstrate the level of commitment, discipline and dedication that
helps achieve our goal of providing customers clean, safe, reliable and
affordable power."

Currently, 11 percent of Southern Company's 26,000 employees are veterans or
serve in the National Guard or Reserve and veterans account for 12 percent of
the company's new hires this year.

Military Times EDGE surveyed more than 1,000 major companies and top
government contractors with a detailed questionnaire about their recruiting
and hiring policies, social recognition for veterans and pay and benefits for

Open to all U.S.-based companies, selected the 2013 MVEs for
Military^® winners based on surveys in which employers outlined their
recruiting, training and retention plans that best serve military service
members and veterans.

As part of its commitment to veterans, Southern Company is a founding partner
of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans
to job openings in the energy industry. The company actively recruits members
of the Navy as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner and has pledged to
support the Joining Forces initiative. In addition, Southern Company annually
participates in more than 30 military recruitment events and partners with
military transition centers across the country.

Southern Company's ongoing support of military personnel has earned broad
recognition, including the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom
Award – the highest honor given by the Department of Defense for support of
employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve – and the Pro Patria
Award for its leadership in providing benefits to military employees. G.I.
Jobs has named Southern Company the nation's highest-ranked utility in its 
Top 100 Military Friendly Employers^® listing for six consecutive years.

With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity,
Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy company
serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of
clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns
electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation
company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company
brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high
reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average.
Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear
renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be
built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to
energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal
gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S.
Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and
listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the
2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new
nuclear development, was named  Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of
the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in
Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit
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SOURCE Southern Company

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