2020 Industry of the Year: Central Alabama Electric Cooperative
September 28, 2020
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce Announces
2020 Industry of the Year
Central Alabama Electric Cooperative
Prattville, AL- During the Prattville Chamber's 47th Annual Membership Meeting, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative (CAEC) was announced as the 2020 Industry of the Year for their commitment to investment and growth in the Prattville/Autauga community.
“A strong industry base creates a broad foundation on which the rest of our community’s economic sector grows,” said Patty VanderWal, President of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. “Central Alabama Electric Cooperative has been a principal supporter and investor not only in the Prattville Chamber, but throughout the entire Prattville and Autauga County area. They are an integral partner in our economic development efforts and Central Access, their broadband subsidiary, is just one example of how they are preparing our communities for the future! We are honored to present them with this award.”
As a utility company, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative could have just one goal—to provide reliable electricity to their members. But, they’re more than that. They are an organization deeply connected to the communities they serve because they were created by those very communities. In the mid-1930s, only about 10 percent of rural America had electricity, including homes here in the River Region. Bound with the idea that they deserved more, local neighbors and friends came together to build something better than just a “power company,” they built an electric co-op that was, and is in fact, powered by the people.
Over the years, CAEC, has grown and been shaped by the unique needs and desires of the people and communities it serves in central Alabama. Through economic development, community investments, and educational initiatives, they partner with local agencies and civic groups to increase the quality of life for our area.
With this spirit of community, it was just two years ago, eight decades from when they worked to make electricity a reality for so many, that they once again took up the mantle to enhance the quality of life for area residents by forming a broadband subsidiary, Central Access, to bring fiber-based high-speed Internet to those no one has been willing to serve.
“We are humbled to have been selected for this distinguished award from those in our community,” said Tom Stackhouse, CAEC President and CEO. “For the past 80 years, we have worked diligently to deliver reliable power to thousands of central Alabamians. As we embark on the new path of providing high-speed fiber, our core principles upon which we were founded will guide us in the 21st century in strengthening our region with viable infrastructure. Partnerships with organizations like the Prattville Chamber are vital for the continual economic development in our area. Thank you for this recognition and we look forward to years of working together to add value to our community through energy.”
Whether it’s serving people living here in our community by delivering power and now high-speed Internet, or even going across borders to serve others through international initiatives, such as bringing power to residents in Haiti and Guatemala, they are a true example of the type of company that makes Prattville and Autauga County a great place to live.