October is National Cooperative Month, and Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) – and all co-ops across the U.S. – are celebrating the benefits and values that cooperatives bring to their members and communities.
While co-ops operate in many industries and sectors of the economy, seven cooperative principles set us apart from other businesses: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member’s economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community.
“Today, people prefer options and alternatives to ‘big box’ businesses,” says Executive V.P./General Manager Ed VanHoose “The co-op business model is unique and rooted in our local communities. Co-ops help us build a more participatory, sustainable, and resilient economy.”
CECI is proud to be part of America’s cooperative network, which includes more than 47,000 cooperative businesses.
Electric co-ops provide power for many Illinoisans, with 24 electric distribution co-ops serving more than 294,000 homes and businesses.
CECI is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives, public utility districts and public power districts serving 42 million people in 47 states.