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Working Together

Three ways your co-op is working for you

“By working together, pooling our resources and building on our strengths, we can accomplish great things.” ~ Ronald Reagan

SEIREMC understands the importance of working together to accomplish great things. Here are some of the ways we have recently been working with others on behalf of our members.

Working with Legislators

Senator Chris Garten visited Southeastern Indiana REMC’s headquarters on Tuesday, July 27th to talk about issues affecting the quality of life in southeast Indiana. During his visit, he toured the headquarters facilities, currently under construction, and participated in an informative Q & A session about important issues affecting the cooperative and its members. Here are a few of the topics that were discussed.

  • SEIREMC’s diligent efforts to reclaim right-of-way (ROW) to improve system reliability and line-loss.

  • The importance of state and federal funding to help make rural broadband projects possible.

  • The unique partnership that SEIREMC has in its joint venture with SEI Communications to provide a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project to the members of Southeastern Indiana REMC.

  • The financial impact of recent legislative action regarding pole attachments on rural electric cooperatives.

On Thursday, July 29th, SEIREMC and SEI Communications were invited to attend a broadband roundtable meeting with Lieutenant Governor, Suzanne Crouch, and several other Indiana cooperatives. The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Provide feedback about broadband initiatives in rural Indiana.

  • Discuss challenges and opportunities associated with obtaining funding for these projects.

  • Discuss the crucial need for accurate data regarding internet speeds and availability from the unserved and underserved residents of rural Indiana.

Working with Other Co-op’s

Cooperation among cooperatives is one of our core principles. In addition to giving and receiving help during extensive storm restoration efforts, co-op’s come together to develop programs and services that benefit our members in a number of ways. Here are some examples.

  • Broadband programs to help breakdown the rural/urban digital divide.

  • Grassroots initiatives to amplify the political voice of rural Indiana residents.

  • Residential and commercial rebate programs to help our members use energy efficiently and save money.

Working with Community Organizations

Commitment to community is also one of our core principles. In the past few months your REMC has been very active in community activities across our seven-county service area. We love being actively involved in our communities and helping to support the work of other groups and organizations to help improve the quality of life in southeast Indiana. Here are some of the ways we have recently been involved.

  • 4-H Fairs

  • Event Sponsorships

  • Operation Round Up Program

Working effectively together is crucial to building a strong community and improving the quality of life for all. It is an ongoing effort that will require teamwork, tenacity, and a desire for continual growth and improvement. Southeastern Indiana REMC demonstrates its commitment to these things every day and will continue to do so, in keeping with our mission to safely provide reliable electricity and diversified services to the members and communities we serve.

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