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CEO Corner

A Voice for Rural America

It’s an election year and soon we’ll be seeing media platforms, such as TV and radio, fill up with advertisements asking you to vote and support various causes or candidates. No matter what side of the aisle you find yourself on—we can all agree that rural America’s voice matters.

Local electric cooperatives like White River Valley Electric Cooperative (WRVEC) prioritize your voice being heard at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Each year, WRVEC’s leaders take part in a statewide legislative conference at the Missouri State Capitol to discuss current and upcoming issues that could affect cooperatives and their members. All priorities of this conference are aimed at helping our members maintain reliable and affordable power while making sure that systems are in place to help rural communities meet the challenges of the future.

As a non-profit cooperative, WRVEC is owned by our members. We advocate on your behalf to improve the quality of life for all our neighbors. Electric co-ops work to secure government grants to help pay for numerous activities that benefit the communities we serve. These include grants for storm recovery, broadband deployment, renewable energy, and economic development. In addition, electric cooperatives work to educate all legislators, in both political parties, on the possible effects particular bills can have on their members.

While other utilities are in business to make money—electric cooperatives, such as WRVEC, are in business to make sure all American’s have access to reliable and affordable electricity. In fact, our profits are returned to members in the form of capital credits. It’s the way we have conducted business since we began in 1939. Because of our roots, our message often resonates with decision makers because we have the interest of our members at heart.

At WRVEC, we are a company of hard-working individuals ready to serve our rural communities. After all, we live and work here too! Your voices matter to us and we will continue to advocate and do what’s best for you, our members.