Message from CEO Julius Hackett
To Move Forward You Have To Give Back
This quote from Oprah Winfrey reflects the special bond and obligation that ties Tri-County Electric Cooperative to the community we serve. As we are preparing for our 80th Annual Meeting, we can’t think of a better time to express how much we love this community and serving you, the members of the co-op.
We know when our founding fathers helped to bring electricity to rural Madison, Jefferson and Taylor counties many years ago, the quality of life improved for all. Through the years, other issues needed to be tackled, and we have been at the forefront of helping to address some of those issues. We want to help meet the long-term needs of our community to ensure it continues to thrive – because just like you, we live here too.
While our top priority is to provide safe, reliable and affordable energy to you, equally important is our mission to enrich the lives of the consumer-members (that’s you!) that we
serve. This focus to benefit the larger community is central to the way we operate as a cooperative. TCEC knows that electricity is a critical need for modern-day life, but it takes more than poles and power lines to make a community.
Over time, our co-op has evolved to meet the changing needs of our community, thereby improving the quality of life for everyone. And that can mean many different things. It
can mean programs for Florida’s youth, such as education scholarships or 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. It means partnering with organizations like United Way of the Big Bend, Kiwanis, Rotary, Ability 1st, Senior Centers, as well as local food banks to help families in need and other worthy programs.
Over the last eight decades, our community-focused programs and other giving projects have fed hungry families, enabled those in need to keep the lights on, built accessible ramps for members with mobility challenges, and so much more – and we couldn’t do any of this without you, our members.
We all benefit from these programs because of you and your neighbors. You empower TCEC through your membership and through your participation in and support of these programs.
As a local business, we are proud to power your life and bring good things to our community. We hope you will continue to guide our efforts by sharing your perspective as we plan for the future. The energy landscape is undergoing dramatic change fueled by evolving technology and consumer desires for more options. While the larger environment in which we operate is constantly changing, one thing remains the same. By working together, I’m certain that we can continue to do good things for our community.
Now we face a new challenge with the Coronavirus outbreak. Early on, it was clear that the pandemic would change our perception of normal and as we are preparing for our 80th Annual Meeting, the health and well being of our members and employees remains paramount and we are excited to bring our members our very first drive-thru registration and virtual meeting.