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June 18, 2018

Youth Tour always gives teens the chance to talk with their elected officials in Washington. But how many get to go jogging with them?

If you're from Iowa, you do.

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April 17, 2018

Last week more than 50 Iowa electric cooperative representatives flew to Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2018 NRECA Legislative Conference. Together with more than 2,000 of their fellow cooperative representatives from across the nation, Iowa managers, directors, and employees spent three days sharing the electric cooperative story in Washington.

Advocates heard speeches from high-ranking policymakers including USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and four U.S. Senators including the Chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. They were also able to participate in breakout sessions in which NRECA staff gave policy briefings and tips on how to effectively advocate on Capitol Hill.

In addition to NRECA-sponsored activities, advocates were able to lobby all six members of the Iowa Congressional Delegation, House Agriculture Committee staff, DOE Director of Public Affairs Bob Haus, and USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey. Issues discussed include rightsizing pension premiums, Farm Bill reauthorization, protecting Iowa’s power supply, and improving rural infrastructure and broadband access.

The group was well received in every meeting, underscoring the continuing success of Iowa electric cooperatives’ advocacy efforts. Not only were advocates successful in sharing the cooperative point of view on important federal issues, but were also effective at maintaining and building relationships with Washington policymakers.

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March 16, 2018

The sun was shining brightly as more than 200 rural electric cooperative (REC) employees and directors, representing 38 co-ops, traveled to the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday to advocate on behalf of their member-owners during their annual REC Day on the Hill event.

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January 11, 2018

Over 150 directors, managers, and staff members from Iowa's electric cooperatives discussed priorities with state legislators and policy makers on January 9 at the annual Welcome Back Reception at the State Historical Building in downtown Des Moines. 

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