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Ameren Ends Year on High Note with Three Prestigious Awards
Company named Corporation of the Year, Top Military-Friendly Employer and the Best Place to Work in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameren is celebrating an honor-filled 2009 with three awards from Metro St. Louis organizations and a highly-respected veterans magazine.

On Dec. 4, the St. Louis Minority Business Council (SLMBC) recognized Ameren as a recipient of the 2009 Corporation of the Year Award, presented annually to the corporate member that best demonstrates a commitment to minority business purchasing.

Over the past several years, Ameren has built an aggressive program to support diverse businesses, reflecting the commitment of the corporation and its utility companies to the communities they serve. "As a major purchaser of material and services, Ameren plays a significant role in supporting the growth and development of diverse suppliers," said Dennis Weisenborn, vice president of Supply Services. "Ameren leadership, business segments, employees and business partners are dedicated to ensure that minority businesses are encouraged and given opportunities to do business with Ameren."

Minority business enterprises nominate and select the winner of the Corporation of the Year Award. Ameren will now compete against winners selected by other regional councils for the national title from the National Minority Supplier Development Council. The winner of the national award will be announced in October 2010.

In addition to SLMBC's award, Ameren was also named a top 100 military-friendly employer by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The announcement was featured in the magazine's December 2009 issue.

G.I. Jobs provides tips, training and other career opportunities for veterans and military personnel transitioning back into civilian life. Ameren's military recruiting strategy includes nationwide events from base visits to career fairs and multiple online resources. The company also provides security and support to reservists and their families through continued benefits when reservists are called to active duty.

"We are very pleased to receive this honor," says Thomas R. Voss, Ameren President and CEO and former captain in the United States Air Force. "Ameren is proud of its long history of hiring military veterans who are interested in working for one of the largest utilities in the Midwest."

And finally, on Nov. 22, Ameren was named the "best place to work" in an online contest sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Called "Local Treasures," readers selected their top choices for the best dining, shopping and service experiences plus the best places to live, worship and work.

With assets of over $24 billion, Ameren serves approximately 2.4 million electric customers and nearly one million natural gas customers in a 64,000 square mile area of Missouri and Illinois. Ameren owns a diverse mix of electric generating plants strategically located in its Midwest market with a generating capacity of more than 16,300 megawatts.

SOURCE: Ameren Corporation

Web site: http://www.ameren.com/