(NASHVILLE, TENN.) — Carmie Henry, former Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., received the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) William F. Matson Democracy Award for his outstanding contributions to electric cooperatives in Arkansas and the Action Committee for Rural Electrification (ACRE).
The Democracy award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and service by an individual to rural electric cooperatives through political action, political education and participation.
“Carmie was a rock star for co-ops in Arkansas at the state and national levels. He developed deep relationships with members and staff in both capitals and became a trusted and knowledgeable resource for them,” said Curtis Nolan, President of the NRECA Board of Directors. “He also dramatically strengthened the ACRE program in the state by using his characteristic charm to drive competition among cooperatives and creating recruitment videos. He set a high standard for government relations staff in every state, and we are indebted to Carmie for his indefatigable spirit and conviction for electric cooperatives.”
Arkansas consistently ranks in the top 10 states for ACRE participation and has the highest total dollars in the top-giving categories of any state. As a result, even though Arkansas represents 1.7 percent of distribution cooperatives, it represents 4.5 percent of all contributions.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.
More than 8,500 representatives from cooperative electric utilities across the nation are attending the NRECA Annual Meeting March 2-5, during which they will set NRECA’s legislative and organizational agenda for 2014. In addition to considering and acting upon policy resolutions, delegates receive reports from NRECA officials, hear addresses by key public figures and business experts, and attend educational forums on major issues affecting electric cooperatives and their consumer-owners.