NRECA’s 72nd annual meeting is this week in “Music City”

NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson discusses the strength of the “co-op nation” during the opening general session of the 2014 NRECA annual meeting.

NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson discusses the strength of the “co-op nation” during the opening general session of the 2014 NRECA annual meeting.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)’s 2014 Annual Meeting and TechAdvantage® Expo are taking place now through March 6 at the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville.   Tri-State is a member of NRECA, which is a national service organization based in Arlington, Va., founded in 1942 to compile and disseminate rural electric information and to represent the national interests of cooperative electric utilities.

This year’s event, themed “Co-op Nation: Strong and Proud” includes a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour and on Monday Jo Ann Emerson delivered her initial address as CEO to the rural electric Annual Meeting audience.

Attendees will also take in a performance by country music star Martina McBride and a closing keynote speech by acclaimed broadcast journalists Jane Pauley. “Her message of inspiration and possibilities truly reflects the spirit of Co-op Nation,” said Emerson.

More than one hundred volunteers helped build two energy efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Fairview, TN as part of a community service project before the NRECA annual meeting.

More than one hundred volunteers helped build two energy efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Fairview, TN as part of a community service project before the NRECA annual meeting.

The meeting kicked off Monday with a traditional community service project. More than 100 volunteers from Touchstone Energy electric cooperatives across the country helped build two energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Fairview, Tenn.

As always, the gathering will provide opportunities to network with co-op peers, learn from industry experts, and discuss critical resolutions that define the association’s mission. More than 8,500 electric co-op leaders are slated to attend, making the meeting the largest event to date in the Nashville Music Convention Center.

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