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REC Day on the Hill

Over 200 cooperative supporters, including representatives from Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative traveled to Des Moines Wednesday, March 16 to advocate for electric cooperatives.  Cooperative representatives met for a briefing by Tim Coonan, Gov't Relations Director of IAEC, to receive updates on state and federal legislative issues.  Your co-op representatives then traveled to the Capitol where they met with their area elected officials during a dessert social.

Cooperatives focused on educating legislators about four issues important to the electric cooperatives:  utility-owned solar, a skilled workforce in Iowa, line personnel safety, and rural economic development.  Many cooperatives developed booth displays that provided information on topics such as:  community engagement, renewable, energy, youth involvement, lineman equipment costs, and energy efficiency.
Photos features Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative representatives pose with Steve Holt, am Iowa Representative at the 2016 REC Day on the Hill event.
Harrison County Rural electric Cooperative representatives meet with Steve Holt (R), House District 18.

"This annual visit to the Iowa Capitol is an excellent opportunity to personally visit with our elected officials providing them a cooperative perspective on issues important to our business,"  says Joe Farley, Manager of Harrison County Rural Electric Cooperative.

Area legislators who met and visited the booth of your cooperative this year were Senator Jason Schultz, Representatives Steve Holt, Greg Forristall, and Mary Ann Hanusa to name a few.  Those in attendance representing your cooperative were Directors John Burbridge, David Dickinson, Bill Hutcheson, Manager Joe Farley, and Communicator Jackie Androy.