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Co-op leaders visit D.C. lawmakers

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – Leaders from [CO-OP NAME] visited with U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and [REP. CONGRESSMAN NAME OR REPS. NAME AND NAME] in Washington, D.C., during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26. Joining more than 65 co-op members from across the state, co-op representatives discussed energy supply, rural infrastructure, broadband, tax policy and other important issues with Tennessee’s congressional delegation.

“The decisions made in Washington, D.C., often have a direct impact on our co-op and our members,” says [CO-OP DIRECTOR NAME], a director with [CO-OP NAME]. “Infrastructure and energy are critical to our rural and suburban communities, and it is important to ensure that legislators understand our issues.”

Energy Secretary Rick Perry addressed a group of more than 2,100 co-op leaders from across the country attending the conference. Perry hailed electric cooperatives for delivering affordable, reliable electricity to rural America and encouraged them to advocate on their challenges, especially grid security. “We have the greatest electric grid in the world,” Perry said, “and we need to keep it that way.”

“From energy and economic development to broadband and rural commerce, co-ops have a significant impact on Tennessee’s rural communities,” says David Callis, executive vice president of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “The decisions made in D.C. matter, and it is important for co-ops to be engaged. I appreciate the co-op leaders from across the state who joined us on Capitol Hill to tell the co-op story.”

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The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

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Contact:

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Trent Scott | Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association
tscott@tnelectric.org | 731.608.1519

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