(NASHVILLE, TENN.)— The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today honored Clarkesville, Ga.-based Habersham Electric Membership Corporation with the Association’s Community Service Award for Community Investment.
As part of the co-op’s 75th anniversary celebration, Habersham EMC created a unique gift for the community: an audio travel guide featuring 75 historic locations in northeast Georgia. Available on CD, “Experience Northeast Georgia –John Kollock’s Guide to 75 Special Places,” includes short histories packed with fascinating details and is narrated by artist John Kollock. By drawing attention to many places off the beaten track, the set has increased local tourism and all the economic benefits.
“Habersham EMC’s audio travel guide shows the cooperative difference in action. Only an organization deeply connected to the community could conceive of and produce such a unique product. This project also shows how a strategic investment can boost the local economy in a tangible way,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.
Habersham EMC’s Susan Baker and writer/creator Emory Jones traveled to each of the 75 places featured in the set before its launch in May 2013. More than 1,500 copies were sold in the first year, and the set is now available at more than 60 retail locations. People can listen to the CD set and read the accompanying guidebook while traveling to the locations.
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.