National Co-op Month 2018: Cooperatives are looking to the future this October

The theme of this year’s National Co-op Month, “Co-ops See the Future,” embodies what co-ops envision and work to achieve every day—a more sustainable and inclusive tomorrow.

Celebrated by cooperatives nationwide during the month of October, Co-op Month is an opportunity to celebrate the many ways cooperatives are using innovation to create shared prosperity for their members and communities.

With more than 40,000 cooperatives creating stable jobs and a more sustainable economy across the U.S., co-ops represent a proven way to do business and build communities.

Cooperatives are locally governed, looking out for the long-term needs of their consumer-members.

Michael Watson, president and CEO of DREMC explains that, “Electric cooperatives belong to the communities they serve. This heightened community focus allows us to quickly adapt to evolving consumer expectations. Our closeness to the community ensures a better response to these needs because we are led by the people that we serve.”

Co-ops engage their consumer-members to do things that might otherwise be impossible or difficult, like more than 80 years ago when electric co-ops brought power to areas where other utilities did not find it economically feasible. Today, it means projects and programs created and/or sponsored by DREMC like community solar, youth programs, multiple bill pay options, and 24/7/365 emergency service.

“Cooperatives exist to meet a need that was previously unmet in the community,” states Watson, “and like Duck River Electric, they are ever striving to anticipate and plan for the future needs of our consumer-members.”