Interior Alaska electricity provider to host annual membership meeting on 75th anniversary
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) will be hosting their annual membership meeting this week.
GVEA will be holding this meeting on the 75th anniversary of them providing service to the interior of Alaska.
According to Meadow Bailey, Director of External Affairs for GVEA, the association was started by community members looking to provide electricity to the Interior. Bailey explained, “This year, GVEA is celebrating our 75th anniversary of serving the Interior. We are a cooperative that started recognizing 75 years ago that there was a need to serve rural communities in the Interior with electricity, and so we were formed out of the community and have served the community for 75 years and we look forward to doing it for 75 more years.”
The annual membership meeting serves as a way for members of GVEA to be updated and voice questions or concerns regarding GVEA operations. Bailey continued, “Golden Valley Electric is your electric cooperative, meaning that we are actually a cooperative made up of all of our members in the Interior. We have about 36,000 members from Delta, Fairbanks, Nenana, the Healy area... so all across the interior - and every year we get together and we have a member meeting. This is a time where we report back to our members and let them know what’s going on right now, what we’re working on, and then what we’re looking for in the future. It’s a chance to understand what issues we’re facing, things we’re really proud of, and what our plans are.”
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