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Editorial

We partner with members to effect real change for life

By Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan,
Executive Vice President/CEO
EPAs of Mississippi

    Most of the 26 electric power associations in the state have been serving Mississippians for 75 or more years.
    I can’t think of many other companies that have grown, both in service and significance, for as long a period of time while remaining true to their founders’ original vision.
    In our communications, you may see us describe ourselves as a “Quality of Life Partner.” This is more than a catchy phrase; it accurately represents what electric power associations have stood for since the mid-1930s when we were organized by Mississippians wanting the benefits and conveniences offered by electricity. The reliable, affordable electric service we brought them greatly improved their quality of life at home, on the farm and in the work place. Thanks to electricity, these early 20th century folks finally had the power to leave their labor-intensive 19th century lifestyle behind.
    Working as your partner in maintaining an enjoyable, prosperous and healthy lifestyle remains a key component of our business structure. While our core mission is providing safe, affordable and reliable electric service, our purpose at the end of the day is to make lasting contributions to the quality of life for the more than 1.8 million Mississippians we serve.
   To accomplish this, we:
• take advantage of new technology to improve our service and to ensure we are always in close contact with our members to know their needs and concerns;
• offer programs to help our members learn about energy efficiency and to save money year-round on their energy bills;
• lead in local and state efforts to bring new jobs in our service areas and to help existing employers grow (and hire);
• ensure our members’ interests are presented to elected officials on state and federal levels of government;
• develop and present electrical safety programs for all ages.
    Every one of our more than 2,800 employees is dedicated to our quality-of-life philosophy. They come to work knowing that the tasks they carry out every day make a real difference in the lives of our members and in the well-being of their communities.
    They build, maintain and repair a complex electrical delivery system to make sure you have electricity at the flip of a switch.
    Along the way, they may battle nature’s fiercer elements—from freezing temperatures and ice to oppressive heat and humidity—and the havoc they create in daily life.
    When the work day is done, many of our employees volunteer their time and skills for local charitable, church, school and civic activities.
    Electric power associations lead a powerful force for good in Mississippi. By partnering 26 electric power associations, more than 2,800 employees and some 1.8 million members, we can effect real improvements in our state’s quality of life.

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