Commitment to Community
Gibson EMC’s board of trustees and its employees are relentlessly working to keep your electricity affordable and reliable, to help you use energy as efficiently as possible, and to make your business experience with us easier and more convenient. Our broader undertaking is to POWER our communities and EMPOWER our members to improve the quality of their lives.
- In the fall of 2012, Gibson EMC hosted a member appreciation event at each of our four local customer service centers. These informal gatherings provided Gibson EMC board members and employees an opportunity to thank members for their business and support, while it gave members the opportunity to learn about our new programs and services.
- This year we were very pleased to help Advantage Manufacturing of Friendship with a much-needed expansion by loaning the employee-owned plastics plant $1M at zero interest. This was made possible by a USDA Rural Economic Development Loan (REDL) that was first made to Gibson EMC, and then passed through to Advantage Manufacturing. This will help to bring more jobs to Crockett County. We also funded a $287,572 REDL to Obion and Weakley counties for runway improvements to Everett-Stewart Regional Airport near Union City.
- Most recently, Gibson EMC made a $5,000 charitable donation to the Tiptonville Main Street Association, which along with a $5,000 CoBank “Sharing Success” Grant, will provide the match needed for a $50,000 federal grant application. When funded, the $50,000 will launch Phase 1 of a $100,000+ project to provide the historic Strand Theatre, owned by the Main Street Association, with sound, lighting, camera, computer and projection equipment; broadband connectivity; stage curtains; and associated installation and support services. These improvements will make the theater multi-purposed, providing educational, meeting/presentation and distance learning/teleconference opportunities, as well as offering a needed venue for cultural and entertainment events.
- Gibson EMC continued to provide support through the commitment of time and other resources to the Port of Cates Landing and the adjoining Intermodal Regional Industrial Park projects. This year, we also built electrical infrastructure leading into the Port.
Whether adding new technology, services or programs; strengthening our physical electric system, or supporting our communities, our focus is always on you, our member-owner. Working cooperatively, Gibson EMC’s members, our board of trustees, and our employees have generated powerful progress for our Northwest Tennessee communities. Together, we will continue turning the gears of progress in 2013 and beyond.