Southwest Electric Cooperative reinforces commitment of guiding principle Concern for Community through the Sharing Success Program.
Partnering with our lender, CoBank, through the Sharing Success Program SWEC recently donated a total of $20,000 to the Dallas County Economic Development Group and the Community Association of Regional Enterprises (part of Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission) for the Benton County Economic Development Program.
"We are thrilled to provide financial help to an important community partners," said James Ashworth, CEO/general manager of SWEC. "Our concern for the communities we live in is not just a feel-good saying. The board of directors and employees of Southwest live it by taking action and giving back. The Sharing Success Program is a great example of that."
“On behalf of the Dallas County Economic Development Group, we are grateful for this very generous investment that will allow us to continue our efforts in community and economic development, '' said Hollie Elliott, Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group. “Rural economic and community development presents unique challenges and opportunities. Our success is closely tied to the relationships we have with partners like SWEC.” The Dallas County Economic Development Group provides assistance, expertise, and support to any business, entity, or individual looking to invest capital or create jobs in Dallas County. Our focus is on addressing the needs and opportunities of new and existing business and supporting an entrepreneurial culture.
“We are excited about this grant opportunity and the good it will do for economic development efforts in our region,” said Kaysinger Executive Director Sheridan Garman-Neeman. This funding will be used to develop a Benton County Economic Development website to promote its shovel-ready sites for development and help market local businesses in Benton County. “Since taking this position, I have found that the new businesses tend to lack the funding for marketing expertise and a marketing budget. Through this grant, I will be able to assist them with those needs,” says Benton County Economic Development Director Jo Ann Lane. Lane plans to purchase a little extra space for grand openings in newspapers, assist them with getting listed on Google business, and help with better signage. She will also be hosting an online cooperative marketing event where she shows these businesses how to leverage social media and each other’s social media to cross-promote their businesses.
CoBank is a cooperative bank owned by their borrowers and a mission-based lender focused on agriculture and rural infrastructure businesses in rural America.
Shown below, Ted Zeugin, manager of Member Services and Communications, and James Ashworth, CEO/general manager making a $10,000 donation to both economic development organizations.