I love the feeling of being able to walk into my favorite locally-owned shop, restaurant or store knowing that the profit, product and labor can make positive impacts on my community. The spirit of main street is embodied in these local businesses, just like it is in your local rural electric public power district or electric cooperative.
Public power districts and electric cooperatives are as local and community centered as they come. Founded as a way to bring electricity to communities that didn’t interest Investor-owned utilities (or IOUs), public power districts and electric cooperatives have been a cornerstone of community and economic development in rural America and beyond for decades.
That feeling I get when I frequent local businesses in our community is the same feeling I get when I walk into a rural electric utility. It is a feeling of pride. I am proud to be a part of an organization that serves the community in which we live, instead of a group of shareholders who may never have set foot in our service territory.
Living on rural electric utility lines is more than just knowing there are people out there working to bring you safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Living on rural electric utility lines is an investment in our community and its members.
You see, your public power district or electric cooperative is a not-for-profit business.
And because we are owned by you, our consumers, we have a vested interest in making sure our community is prosperous. We do this by investing in economic development and community service projects and programs.
I hope that you view your public power district or electric cooperative not just as your electric utility provider, but as a local business that brings pride and prosperity to our community. If you are interested in learning more about how we keep the lights on and beyond, please stop by the office or give us a call. We love being a part of the community, and we hope you feel the same way too!