Growing up co-op

Life on main street has its advantages

Posted on Oct 24 2017 in Miami-Cass REMC

Rob Schwartz

I love the feeling of walking into my favorite locally-owned shop, restaurant or store knowing that the profit, product and labor can make positive impacts on my community. The spirit of Main Street is embodied in these local businesses, just like it is at Miami-Cass REMC.

Electric cooperatives are local, community centered and were founded to bring electricity to the rural communities that didn’t interest investor-owned utilities (or IOUs). Electric cooperatives have been a cornerstone of community and economic development in rural America and beyond for decades.

That feeling I get when I frequent local businesses is the same feeling I get when I walk into the co-op every day. It is a feeling of pride. I am proud to be a part of an organization that serves the community in which we live, instead of a group of shareholders not from this area.

Living on co-op lines is more than just knowing there are people out there working to bring you reliable and affordable electric service. Living on co-op lines is an investment in our community.

You see, Miami-Cass REMC is a not-for-profit business. This means we return any profit to our members in the form of capital credits. This means after our expenses are paid, any additional money we earn goes back to you.

I hope that you view Miami-Cass REMC not just as your electric utility, but as a local business that brings pride and prosperity to our community. If you are interested in learning more about how we keep the lights on and beyond, please stop by the co-op or give us a call. We love being a part of this community, and we hope you feel the same way too!