Message from CEO Julius Hackett
By the Community, For the Community
Cooperatives are different than other types of businesses. When the market declines to offer a product or service, or does so at a very high price, co-ops intervene to fill the need. Similar to how TCEC was built by members who came together to bring electricity to our community, cooperatives are conveners for the common good. As a co-op, we are well-suited to meet the needs of the community because we are locally governed. TCEC’s leadership team and employees live right here in the community. Our board of trustees, who helps set long-term priorities for the co-op, live locally on co-op lines. These board members have been elected to the position by neighbors like you. Learn more about your Board of Trustees on page 6 and 7.We know our members (that’s you!) have a valuable perspective.
That’s why we are continually seeking your input. Whether through community events, our social media channels or the annual meeting, we want to hear from you.Our close connection to the community ensures we get a first-hand perspective on local priorities, thereby enabling us to make more informed decisions on long-term investments, such as high-speed broadband, community solar programs, equipment and technology upgrades and electric vehicle programs. Another feature that sets our co-op apart from a traditional utility is one of our core principles, “Concern for Community.”
We partner with local schools and other organizations, 4-H clubs and other worthy programs. We participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, where we take our community’s brightest young people to Washington, D.C. for a week-long immersion to experience democracy in action. Ultimately, the larger community benefits from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower the co-op through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.
We hope you will think of TCEC as more than your energy provider, but instead as a local business that supports this community and powers economic development and prosperity for the people. We will continue to learn from our members about their priorities so that we can better serve you – because your electric co-op was built by the community, for the community. We look forward to seeing you at the 81st Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 18th.
This year will be our second year of holding a drive-thru registration and it all starts at 8:30 a.m. Don’t forget to tune into our webpage or Facebook page for the live virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. where we will report on the business of your co-op over the last year and we’ll hold our annual drawing for prizes!