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Georgia Leaders Recognized for Bringing Electricity to Other Parts of the World

Georgia Electric Membership Corp. and Coweta-Fayette EMC recently received the 2015 International Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

“Coweta-Fayette EMC’s commitment to sharing the cooperative business model with developing nations spans more than a decade,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.

“Their president/CEO Chris Stephens started an annual skeet shooting fundraiser in 2003 to benefit our utility partners in Guatemala. He’s also personally provided support and training to electric co-ops in Costa Rica. His dedication to sharing the electric co-op business model around the globe sets an example for co-ops that have participated in building or rebuilding efforts and those that are considering support of the International Program.”

The International Award recognizes exceptional dedication to the development of international communities through NRECA International which provides people in developing countries with access to safe, reliable and affordable electricity. This results in increased agricultural productivity, millions of new jobs in micro and small enterprises, and higher incomes and quality of life for rural communities in more than 42 countries.

“It’s a privilege to support and promote the International Program because it helps to empower hundreds of thousands of people around the world with the most basic tool of modern life—electricity—to study and learn, take care of their health and that of their children, and work and prosper using the tools of the 21st century,” said Paul Wood, president/CEO, Georgia EMC.

To read the full press release, click here.

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