Big Country Electric Co-Op Receives Governor’s Award

Pictured l to r: Kathy Keane, TMCN Executive Director with BCEC Employees Alfred Robles, Eddy McIlwain, Jakob Clawson, R.D. Hale, Sarah McLen, Scott Edmonds, Mark McClain, and Ruth Hughs, Texas Workforce Commissioner.
Pictured l to r: Kathy Keane, TMCN Executive Director with BCEC Employees Alfred Robles, Eddy McIlwain, Jakob Clawson, R.D. Hale, Sarah McLen, Scott Edmonds, Mark McClain, and Ruth Hughs, Texas Workforce Commissioner.

Big Country Electric Co-op received the Governor’s Small Business Award at the Governor’s Small Business Forum help on Thursday, September 24th at the Abilene Civic Center.  The event was sponsored by the Texas Midwest Community Network.

Big Country Electric Co-op was nominated by the Snyder Chamber of Commerce for its ongoing commitment to its employees, job growth, community, capital investment and service excellence.  In the nomination submitted by Executive Director Linda Molina it was stated, “Big Country is committed to providing its member-owners with reliable service at a competitive cost in a safe working environment while positively impacting local communities. The Cooperative encourages both on-the-job education by facilitating employee attendance at various relevant trainings as well as supporting employees in post-secondary and graduate education.  Supporting local communities in their area is very important to Big Country and they actively engage in community foundations, educational and civic groups, as well as charitable organizations through financial contributions as well as donations of labor, equipment, and material assistance. The company recently launched Operation Round Up, which is a trust fund that supports charitable needs in twelve counties served by Big Country Electric Coop”.

The Governor’s Small Business Award recognizes small businesses for their investment or employment growth and remarkable accomplishments. Regional chambers and workforce organizations in the Texas Midwest Region nominated businesses that have been making a great impact in their community.

TMCN member cities include Abilene, Albany, Anson, Aspermont, Baird, Ballinger, Brady, Breckenridge, Bronte, Brownwood, Buffalo Gap, Cisco, Clyde, Coleman, Colorado City, Comanche, Cross Plains, De Leon, Dublin, Early, Eastland, Eden, Goldthwaite, Gorman, Graham, Hamilton, Hamlin, Haskell, Hico, Jacksboro, Knox City, Menard, Merkel, Miles, Munday, Ranger, Rising Star, Robert Lee, Roscoe, Rotan, San Angelo, San Saba, Santa Anna, Seymour, Snyder, Stamford, Strawn, Sweetwater, Throckmorton, Tye, and Winters.

Texas Midwest Community Network strives to provide the resources and awareness for its members to achieve economic and community growth. The regional organization provides a means by which communities can work together to accomplish what one community cannot do alone. For more information about Texas Midwest Community Network visit www.tmcn.org

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