Over the years, you’ve heard why and how Victory Electric is different — because we’re a cooperative. Our business model sets us apart from other utilities because we adhere to seven guiding cooperative principles that refl ect core values of honesty, transparency, equity, inclusiveness and service to the greater good of the community.
Electric co-ops, including Victory Electric, have a unique and storied place in our country’s history. We democratized the American dream by bringing electricity to rural areas when for-profi t electric companies determined the eff ort too costly. Back then, cities were electrifi ed, and rural areas were not, creating the original rural-urban divide. Newly established electric lines helped power economic opportunity in rural areas. Today, that spirit of equity and inclusion is a vital part of a co-op's DNA.
Equal Access for All
When Victory Electric was founded, each member contributed an equal share in order to gain access to electricity that benefi ted individual families as well as the larger local community. Each member had an equal vote in co-op matters. That sense of equity and inclusion is still how we operate today. Victory Electric was built by and belongs to the diverse communities and members we serve. Membership is open to everyone in our service territory, regardless of race, religion, age, disability, gender identity, language, political perspective or socioeconomic status.
By virtue of paying your electric bill each month, you’re a member of the co-op, and every member has an equal voice and vote when it comes to cooperative governance. This ties back to our guiding principles of equitable economic participation and democratic control of the cooperative.
We encourage all members to vote in Victory Electric’s trustee elections every April, and we invite all members to participate in cooperative meetings or talk to your district’s elected trustee to weigh in on discussions that set co-op policies and priorities.
We know members of our community have different needs and perspectives, and we welcome diverse views on all issues under consideration by the cooperative. The more viewpoints we hear, the better we are able to reflect the needs of all corners of our community.
While our top priority is providing safe, reliable and affordable energy, we also want to be a catalyst for good in our community. Because we are your local electric cooperative, revenues stay right here in our community. In turn, we invest in our diverse community base through scholarship programs, charitable giving, educational programs and more. We strive to make long-term decisions that improve and enrich the communities we serve.
While today’s world is radically different than it was when Victory Electric was founded, our co-op values have stood the test of time and remain just as relevant today. We recognize that today’s co-op members expect more, and my pledge to you is to promote a co-op culture of inclusion, diversity and equity for all.