09 Oct Celebrate National Cooperative Month With Duck River EMC
Join Duck River EMC in celebrating the cooperative difference in Tennessee and across America during National Cooperative Month.
Every October, cooperatives are recognized for the qualities that make the business model unique: local democratic control, commitment to supporting the communities they serve and improving quality of life of the members by providing special benefits and services.
“Cooperatives are special,” says Duck River EMC President and CEO Michael Watson. “We have an obligation to provide reliable, affordable, and safe electricity, but we take that a step further. We also have a responsibility to support our members, enrich schools and enhance our communities.”
Duck River EMC is proud to be part of America’s cooperative network, which employs more than 850,000 people. Across the nation, 29,000 co-ops and credit unions generate $74 billion in annual wages and nearly $500 billion in revenue.
Duck River EMC is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives, public utility districts and public power districts serving 42 million people in 47 states.
“Electric cooperatives were formed because rural communities were struggling for lack of investment,” Watson. “Neighbors banded together and lit up the countryside when no one else would. That’s what we celebrate each October.”
In addition to cooperative utilities, Tennessee residents are served cooperatively by credit unions, food co-ops, agricultural co-ops, and more.
Duck River EMC, a Touchstone Energy® cooperative, is a not-for-profit, member owned organization providing electric and other services to more than 72,000 homes and businesses in southern Middle Tennessee. Duck River EMC serves an area of approximately 2,500 square miles in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Rutherford, and Williamson counties in southern Middle Tennessee.