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Cooperatives support Pike County entrepreneurial center

Donations add $20,000 for new Entrepreneurship & Technology Center

PETERSBURG, IN - Demonstrating the cooperative commitment to community, two local cooperatives announced $5,000 donations each to further development of a new education and technology center in Petersburg.

Hoosier Energy and WIN Energy REMC teamed up to continue their ongoing commitment to support local communities, presenting a check yesterday for $10,000 for the Entrepreneurship & Technology Center of Pike County that is being built near the Petersburg interchange on I-69. The electric cooperatives each contributed $5,000 to capital fundraising efforts for the center, the only one of its kind in the southwest Indiana region. CoBank, a national cooperative banking institution serving rural communities across America, matched each of the local cooperative’s donations for a total contribution of $20,000 to the project.

Ashley Willis, Executive Director of the Pike County Economic Development Corp., accepted the donations from Tom Gregory, CEO of WIN Energy REMC, and Harold Gutzwiller, Manager of Economic Development and Key Accounts for Hoosier Energy.

“This will go a long way toward stemming the brain drain and fostering entrepreneurial leadership in our community. Pike County is grateful to have supportive partnerships with WIN Energy and Hoosier Energy as we move our economic developments forward,” Willis said.

The new center is designed to foster local entrepreneurial talent among students and recent graduates to inspire the next generation to create ideas and turn them into businesses to bring back to the area.

“Developing community leaders and giving back to the community is what cooperatives are all about,” said Gregory. “WIN Energy is proud to support such a vital project for the long-term growth of our businesses and future leaders.”

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Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern and central Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hepn.com.