President’s Message – October 2022

Celebrating Membership

Jimmy Black headshotFall is a busy time, and October is a particularly eventful month with school, community and sports activities in full swing. It’s also when all cooperatives celebrate National Co-op Month.

When I say Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative celebrates Co-op Month, it really means we are celebrating you! Our co-op wouldn’t exist without you, our members.

Our core business is to serve as your electricity provider, but our larger mission is to help make our corner of the world a better place. “Concern for Community” is one of seven guiding principles all co-ops share. Similar to how the power lines run through our service territory, our concern for community flows through all of our decisions. That’s because being a co-op means being a responsible partner and good neighbor.

GCEC works to help our community thrive through initiatives led by our employees and local board, who live here in our community. Because we’re local, we understand our community’s unique needs and strive to help meet them.

We’re proud to support local students through our Youth Tour and scholarship programs. With your help, we offer Project Helping Hand to aid our community’s most vulnerable. We partner with and support area charitable organizations.

The word cooperative implies everyone working together toward a common goal— mutually benefiting one another and the larger community. That’s the cooperative spirit. Our employees and member-elected board members are invested in the community where they live and serve. Above all, as a co-op, we put our members’ priorities first. As your trusted energy partner, we know saving energy and money is important to you. That’s why we have programs to help, including energy audits.

We want to empower you to manage energy use at home. If you haven’t already, I encourage you take a moment and download our app. Through the app, you can conveniently monitor and manage your energy use. And we’re here to help, of course, so give us a call if you have questions about your energy bills.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative continuously examines ways to operate more efficiently while continuing to provide the highest level of friendly, reliable service you expect and deserve.

After all, we’re your local co-op. We were built by the members we serve.