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October is National Co-op Month!

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative invites all to celebrate cooperatives in North Carolina – and across America – during National Cooperative Month.

Every October, cooperatives are recognized for the qualities that make the business model unique. Seven cooperative principles set us apart from other businesses: voluntary and open membership; democratic member control; member’s economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives; and concern for community.

We are proud to be part of America’s cooperative network, which includes more than 47,000 cooperative businesses.  CHEC is one of more than 900 electric cooperatives, public utility districts and public power districts serving 42 million people in 47 states.

“In the 1930s, rural America needed electricity just as much as anyone else,” said Laura Heitsenrether, director of public relations and marketing. “It was a major challenge that big utilities weren’t interested in tackling. So, the men and women of rural America banded together and made it happen. And that’s why we celebrate in October – we celebrate the power of working together for the common good and bettering the quality of life for our friends and neighbors.”

In addition to cooperative utilities, NC residents are served cooperatively by credit unions, food co-ops, agricultural co-ops, and more!

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