Companies That Care: Ownership Matters

More than just an electricity provider, Glades Electric is an integral part of the community

By Adam Schwartz

Studies have shown that communities where owners occupy the majority of homes are more successful academically, are more physically fit and have a stronger sense of community.

While owning a home may not be possible or desirable for everyone, ownership does matter. It makes sense that we treat things we own with greater care.

Chances are you probably don’t think often about your ownership role with your electric cooperative. However, every member of Glades Electric Cooperative can take pride in the fact they are an owner of GEC.

While at times it may be easy to take the provision of electricity for granted, your cooperative works 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure you, the member­ owners, are taken care of when it comes to electricity. Locally based cooperatives believe in this special bond and obligation to be an integral part of the community.

GEC understands you cannot sell electricity to a business that has closed its doors, or to people who have left the community because there are not enough local opportunities.

Electricity is a critical need, but it takes more than poles, wires and kilowatt­ hours to make a community. GEC takes an active role in economic development councils in our area. We are owners of our cooperative and, in a real sense, are owners of our community.

Our community is strong. Think about how much greater it can be when we work cooperatively to tackle future challenges. If we act like owners on a consistent basis, we will put even more care and attention into our community, and will look locally for solutions.

Finding local solutions can help keep money—and people—here in our community. We all have a role to play. As your local electric cooperative, we promise to do our part for the community. If you have thoughts about how we can do a better job, please call (863) 946­-6200.

You are the owners of the co­op, and we welcome your active participation.