NAPERVILLE, ILL. (November 02, 2010) – The City of Naperville is has announced a design contest for budding artists and designers to create the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative logo. Entries are being accepted now through Wednesday, December 1, 2010.

The smart grid initiative is an investment in Naperville’s city-owned utility to modernize the electric grid using the latest digital technology to increase reliability, reduce operating costs, improve efficiency and reduce waste. This forward-thinking project gives residential and business customers more choices about how they use electricity and more control over what they pay for it. More information about NSGI is available at

“The smart grid initiative is an exciting project that will provide options to our utility customers that will allow them to view and manage their energy use, if they choose,” Community Relations Manager Nadja Lalvani said. “The city encourages customers to be engaged and involved in every step of the smart grid rollout. This contest is a perfect opportunity for people here at home and around the country to show us what the future of electricity in Naperville looks like to them.”

People of all ages and artistic abilities are encouraged to submit a logo that visually depicts the smart grid. Logos may be designed by hand using any medium (e.g. crayons, markers, colored pencils) or with the assistance of electronic design software. A person may submit an optional tagline with his/her logo entry to be used at the city’s discretion. To enter the contest, visit to download an entry form. All completed forms should be e-mailed to; hand-delivered to Executive Assistant to the City Council Reggie Lynch at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.; or mailed to City of Naperville, Attn: Reggie Lynch, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville, IL 60540. Individuals submitting entries created with electronic design software are asked to please e-mail the source file to, e-mail a portable document format (.pdf) of the design to the same e-mail address and hand-deliver or mail a hard copy of the design.

All entries are due by Wednesday, December 1, 2010. From December 3-15, members of the public are invited to view and vote for their favorite logo at Mayor A. George Pradel and City Council members will select a winning logo from the 10 logos that receive the most online votes. The winning artist will be notified via phone by Mayor Pradel and be publicly recognized at a January 2011 City Council meeting.

For more information on the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative and logo contest, including complete contest rules, visit Sign up to receive the latest news on the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative via e-mail at For more information on the City of Naperville, visit

About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several city boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned living history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our Web site at