Over 200 cooperative supporters, including representatives from East-Central Iowa REC, traveled to Des Moines on Wednesday, March 19, to advocate for electric cooperatives. The co-op representatives met for a briefing to receive updates on state and federal legislative issues and then went to the capitol building where they met with their local elected officials during a dessert social.
The co-ops focused on thanking legislators for supporting initiatives important to the electric cooperatives, like the joint resolution that expressed concern over FEMA’s recent policy change, and urging FEMA to reconsider that change so that the cost of storm recovery is not borne on the backs of the member-consumers of the RECs.
“This annual visit to the Iowa capitol is an excellent opportunity to personally visit with our elected officials and provide them with a co-op perspective on issues that are important to our business,” said ECI REC CEO Steve Marlow.
Also at the capitol in a separate event earlier this month, CEO Marlow, along with ECI REC’s Board of Directors, met with a number of legislators representing the Cooperative’s service area. “It is important to ECI REC and its Board to build on these relationships and keep the lines of communication open with those serving our member-consumers,” said Marlow. “We were very glad we were able to meet with all but a couple of our representing legislators.”