(NASHVILLE, TENN.) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) presented David George and David Nelson with the 2014 International Award at the NRECA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. George is the CEO and Nelson is the Engineering Manager of Kandiyohi Power Cooperative in Spicer, Minnesota. The International Award recognizes individuals who serve with distinction in the interest of international development, in particular the development of cooperative electrification overseas.
“Dave and Dave exemplify strong and compassionate leadership at home and abroad. In addition to their time spent at Kandiyohi and in the community, they have focused their efforts on helping others in Guatemala and establishing a sister cooperative in the Philippines,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson. “Through their collective efforts, thousands of people in both countries now have electricity, linemen better understand the importance of safety, and an open dialogue exists that benefits all groups involved.”
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.
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.