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Today is September 24, 2019

Editorial

A new energy

By Michael Callahan

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

Welcome to the latest edition of Today in Mississippi! You may have noticed that we have a new look, which we are very pleased to debut this month. As always, it is our privilege to bring you stories that highlight the people, places, culture and creativity that make our state so special. Throughout the following pages, we hope you find thoughtful, entertaining and informative content that not only inspires you, but that also makes you proud to call Mississippi home.

Like you, we at the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi and your local electric cooperative recognize that there’s a passive transformation in lifestyle happening across Mississippi (and the nation) — and it is changing our smaller communities in remarkable ways. Because we are shaped and led by you, our members, it is no wonder that at the center of this change we find the steadfast values that, for generations, have made these the places people choose to build a quality life for themselves and their families.

To others, our rural communities may seem quiet; but scratch below the surface, and you’ll find a whole lot happening. We look out for our neighbors; we work for the common good; and we celebrate both the little things and the big accomplishments. It is also here that we embrace a revitalized effort to get back to the basics and soak in the benefits of a simpler lifestyle.

We are growing in new ways and in new directions — and this progressive transformation is creating a new energy.

Every day, this new energy is taking the shape of more affordable, down-to-earth ways to live. It’s exciting. Opportunities to create something new have never been greater, and this is a driving force in helping attract, start and grow new business and industry across rural Mississippi.

As we see it, this new energy is at the heart of the cooperative spirit. This sense of community has always been one of the best things about living in rural Mississippi. We know that we are stronger together. That’s community. That’s what fueled the co-op movement so many years ago, and it’s the source of our new energy today.

An important part of this new energy is Today in Mississippi. After all, we take pride in the collective beauty and offerings of our many communities throughout this great state — and the power of community is what being an electric cooperative is all about.

It is our sincerest hope that you enjoy this issue of Today in Mississippi. Please email us at news@ecm.coop and let us know what you think!

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