We provide more than power

Amazon recently announced that it will build a new operations center in Nashville. This is big news for the entire state as the project will bring more than 5,000 jobs and millions of dollars in investment to the region. Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis have recently made headlines for industry announcements as well. This attention on the state’s urban centers makes it easy to think that you can only find opportunity in a big city. We shouldn’t think that because opportunity is all around us.

Last year, nearly half of all new jobs in Tennessee — more than 9,700 — were created in the state’s rural and suburban counties. These communities may not be growing as fast as Nashville or Knoxville, but you don’t have to look too hard to see good things happening right here.

Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation provides energy to five counties in northern middle Tennessee, but our interest in the communities we serve goes far beyond power. We are working to be sure that our part of the state is strong and well prepared to compete in the modern economy.

We provide more than power. We provide power and opportunity. Our economic development efforts help bring new jobs to our service area.
Our youth programs help young people develop important leadership skills. In 2018, CEMC sent 12 young people to Washington, D.C., to learn about government and public policy. We also sent two high school students to Nashville for the Tennessee Electric Co-op Youth Leadership Summit to strengthen their leadership and networking skills. 

Recently, we began exploring options to provide high-speed internet service to the homes and businesses we serve. This has big implications for families and businesses across the region.

The things that happen in Dover, Ashland City or Portland may not get as much attention as those in Nashville, but what goes on here matters. It matters to the people who live here, and it matters to our co-op. CEMC wants to see the communities we serve succeed. We want this to be a place where businesses thrive, families prosper, and opportunities are abundant.