Improving life through cooperation
Regionalism—the idea that governments and agencies should work together to make life better in their part of the state—was the theme at this year’s Jackson Energy Economic Development Summit.
“Jackson Energy Co-op helps the seven counties they serve with economic development and community development,” said U.S. Representative Hal Rogers, the keynote speaker. He added that strong partnerships are a big part of the answer to improving the local economy.
During the summit, Jackson Energy Co-op’s President and CEO Don Schaefer discussed funding options the cooperative can offer, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant.
Teaching safety values
Electricity changed the face of America. Through school programs developed by Owen Electric Cooperative, children now understand the roles cooperatives played in those exciting times and also see a live electric display in the co-op’s safety trailer. At the Scott County Agriculture Adventure Day, students heard about tractor and ATV safety as well as the safety equipment linemen use. At Walton-Verona Elementary, students also learned about safety and saw safety gear up close.
“One of the core values that guides our cooperative is commitment to the communities we service,” says Mark Stallons, president/CEO of Owen Electric Cooperative. “Any time we have an opportunity to participate in school programs, we do. Schools are vital, and we want to educate and be a good partner.”
A career as a lineman
Member services representatives Pat Raymond and Jenny Rich were joined by Warren Rural Electric Cooperative lineman Lance Moore at Natcher Elementary School’s Career Day. Moore explained the duties and requirements of being a lineman to the students. He also stressed the importance of safety in the utility industry.