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TCEC System Engineer Named Young Professional of the Year

Young man in formal wear recieving an award. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce recognized outstanding Chamber members, individuals and businesses throughout the community at their Annual Banquet and Silent Auction on October 8th. Tri-County Electric Cooperative was nominated for Large Business of the Year, and though we did not bring home the trophy, an even sweeter trophy was brought back to the office in the hands of Antonio Richardson – TCEC’s System Engineer. Antonio was named Young Professional of Year, as voted on by his peers for his positive impact to his industry, devotion to community service, civic engagement and economic development. His trophy was presented by incoming Chamber Chairwoman and TCEC Community Relations Director, Kaitlynn Culpepper. Congratulations Antonio, your co-op is proud of you!


2019 Youth Tour Applications Available Now! High School students standing outside of Tallahassee Govenors mansion on the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour

Each year Tri-County Electric Cooperative sponsors several juniors from area high schools to attend the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington, DC.

The Youth Tour is more than an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital to sight-see.  It is a prestigious event in which thousands of high school juniors from across the nation join together to gain an understanding of our nation’s history and the freedoms we enjoy, as well as the many costs of those freedoms.  The experience is rewarding, educational and fun!  Students will tour memorials, museums and national landmarks that they may have only read about in history books.

We believe by investing in today’s youth, we are investing in our, and your, future.  We know that some of the brightest and best students live right here in North Florida and we want to give them an opportunity to experience the past, present and future of our country.  For many students, it will inspire a future in government or political science or your local cooperatives. We ask for support by informing eligible juniors in our community of this great opportunity.

Visit for more information. Applications are now available online, at your local TCEC district office, and with guidance counselors at all of the high schools in Madison, Jefferson, Taylor, and Dixie County. Deadline to apply is Tuesday December 1, by 5:00PM.

TCEC meets with Members of Congress to share issues impacting Florida electric cooperatives

Julius Hackett and Kaitlynn Culpepper meeting with Congressman Neal Dunn

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) board members George Webb, Elmer Coker, and Donnie Waldrep joined other Florida-based electric cooperatives in Washington, D.C. to discuss important issues facing the electric utility industry in the Sunshine State. Also representing TCEC were CEO, Julius Hackett, and Community Relations Director, Kaitlynn Culpepper.

April 10 – 12, TCEC’s wholesale power provider, Seminole Electric Cooperative (Seminole) and its nine Member cooperatives, including the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, met with a total of 26 Florida Members of Congress and their staff, as well as both Florida senators.

Discussions included thanking congress for their support of electric cooperatives and their members and employees. TCEC took advantage of the opportunity to meet with Congressman Al Lawson and Congressman Neal Dunn to address issues that were important to our members in Madison, Taylor & Jefferson Counties. Those issues included FEMA reform, employee pension plans, and the reauthorization of the 2018 Farm Bill, which has an important focus on Rural Economic Development, investment and support of broadband for rural Americans, and amendments to the Rural Electrification Act.

Congressman Al Lawson meeting with TCEC representatives The issues we were able to discuss with our congressmen and senators are crucial to providing safe, affordable, and reliable electricity to TCEC’s over 12,000 members and their families in rural North Florida.” said CEO, Julius Hackett

The meetings were proceeded by the 2018 Legislative Conference of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), in which more than 2,000 electric cooperatives from around the country gathered together in Washington to celebrate the impact of the nation’s rural electric cooperatives. Speakers included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, who praised NRECA members for their service to millions of Americans across the nation.

Florida’s electric cooperatives, including TCEC, will continue to advocate for energy policies that support quality electricity for our members. If you are interested in participating, please visit today!




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