As rural America’s cooperative bank, CoBank provides financial services to rural utilities across the nation. Our customers include rural telecommunications systems, electric cooperatives, rural water and waste disposal systems, and other eligible entities. The bank also serves agricultural cooperatives and Farm Credit associations and finances exports for the benefit of U.S. farmer-owned cooperatives and American agriculture. The bank is owned by its customers. To learn more please go to their website at www.cobank.com.
Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange
Forty years ago, a group of Wisconsin rural electric cooperatives formed their own insurance company to create a stable insurance market for themselves. The company they formed (Federated Rural Electric Insurance Corp.) grew from a “self-insured” workers compensation program into a full-service insurance company. Today Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange provides a complete line of business insurance programs tailored for the unique risks of rural utilities. To learn more please go to their website at www.federatedrural.com.
Mesa College Hotline School
The Mesa Hotline School serves as a model for providing training for privately-owned and non-profit utilities companies. Manufacturers and consultants combine in a total effort to offer the ultimate in repair and maintenance of electrical transmission and distribution. www.mesahotlineschool.com.
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit private service organization of nearly 1,000 rural electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utility districts in the United States.
Through NRECA, rural electric cooperative associations in Colorado and 44 other states provide themselves with a variety of services designed to better meet the needs of their consumer-members. Among the services are management training, insurance and safety programs, legislative research and representation, public relations, advertising, and member information. To learn more, please go to their website at www.nreca.org.
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
Members of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) are vital links in providing telecommunications and information technology to rural customers. Nearly 800 rural utilities and affiliated organizations serve 48 states are a part of the NRTC family.
In 1986, NRTC’s founders had a vision: that rural communities across the nation would have access to the same modern telecommunications services enjoyed by urban residents. Today, NRTC’s members are meeting that commitment by providing affordable, cutting-edge technologies that directly link rural Americans to the benefits of the information age. To learn more, please go to their website at www.nrtc.org.