Join Cass County Electric Cooperative in celebrating cooperatives in North Dakota and across America during National Cooperative Month.
Every October, cooperatives are recognized for the qualities that make the business model unique: local democratic control, commitment to supporting the communities they serve and improving quality of life, special benefits and services, and the return of margins (the co-op term for profits) back to members in the form of capital credits.
Cooperatives are special. They have an obligation to provide reliable, affordable, and safe electricity, but we take that a step further. Co-ops also have a responsibility to support members, enrich schools, and enhance communities.
CCEC is proud to be part of America’s cooperative network, which employs more than 850,000 people. Across the nation, 29,000 co-ops and credit unions generate $74 billion in annual wages and nearly $500 billion in revenue.
Electric cooperatives were formed because rural communities were struggling for lack of investment. Neighbors banded together and lit up the countryside when no one else would. That’s what cooperatives celebrate each October.
In addition to cooperative utilities, North Dakota residents are served cooperatively by credit unions, food co-ops, agricultural co-ops, and more! Read the October Highline Notes and look to page 5 for some fun co-op triva.