National association hails Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Co-ops
The economic development team for Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives has received the 2018 Organization Excellence Award from the National Rural Economic Developers Association.
“Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are an innovative organization which uses that innovation to market their cooperatives in the economic development realm,” said Dennis Mingyar, NREDA Awards chair. “They took cutting-edge technology, combined it with a new marketing concept, and formed one unique brand with which to market their cooperatives. This effort has helped secure almost 10,000 new jobs in their cooperatives service territory.”
The award recognizes Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives for using technology such as data from aerial drone flights, online videos and mobile mapping apps to market rural Kentucky communities globally, attracting jobs and investment to the Bluegrass State. Those initiatives are highlighted on the co-ops’ economic development site, www.DataIsPower.org.
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