Cooperative Leaders Meet with Legislators During ‘Rally in Raleigh’ - Carolina Country

Co-op Leaders Meet with Legislators During ‘Rally in Raleigh’

One-on-one meetings highlight issues important to rural communities

Co-op Leaders Meet with Legislators During ‘Rally in Raleigh’

Representatives from Albemarle EMC, Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative, Edgecombe-Martin County EMC, Halifax EMC and Tideland EMC met with NC Sen. Norman Sanderson.

More than 140 representatives from electric cooperatives across the state convened in Raleigh in May to meet with their legislators and discuss policy issues important to electric co-ops, their members and their communities. More than 100 state senators and representatives participated in the event.

“The Rally in Raleigh allows cooperatives to engage with legislators to educate them on the most important issues to our members and provide updates about the cooperatives’ work in our communities,” said Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative CEO & General Manager Jake Joplin, who was among those meeting with legislators. “We are building relationships with our legislators that position cooperatives as a trusted source of information legislators can call on when making decisions that will impact co-ops and our members.”

Discussions centered around success stories and several policy issues, including maintaining reliable and affordable power; maximizing NC’s access to broadband funding; and increasing funding for rural economic development and the NC Select Sites program.

“This year’s meetings were productive and impactful,” said Paul Mott, Manager of Government Affairs for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. “We’ll continue engaging legislators about these issues and others throughout the year, but when they have an opportunity to meet with co-op leaders and hear firsthand how policy impacts communities back home, it goes a long way in building lasting trust and understanding.”

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