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Of Interest

Co-op helps build local economies
2004 investment totals $19.3 million
 

    Flathead Electric invested more than $19.3 million in the Flathead Valley and Libby during 2004, purchasing everything from young stock growersí animals at the local fair to service trucks for Co-op crews.
    The Co-opís annual payroll of $7.9 million and property taxes totaling $2.5 million make a large impact in our communities.
    A survey completed for the Montana Electric Cooperativesí Association showed that the 26 member Co-ops infuse $92.3 million annually into Montanaís economy.
    Flathead Electricís local investment during 2004 included thousands of dollars in scholarships funded by unclaimed capital credits. The Co-op also purchased fat stock animals at the Northwest Montana Fair and awarded prizes to young inventors who entered the annual Youth Electric Fair.

Midway Rental

    Nearly every area of the local economy saw some benefit from Flathead Electricís purchases. Rental fees for equipment the Co-op needs only occasionally, payments to employment services for short-term help, landscaping firms, auto parts and hardware stores are just a few of a long list of vendors Flathead Electric patronizes.
        Businesses also benefit from the Commercial Lighting Rebate Program, which returned more than $140,000 to commercial members who invested in energy-efficient lighting.
    Some of the Co-opís contributions to local communities donít show up in a balance sheet. Employees volunteer hundreds of hours to many community projects, participating in a broad range of activities. The MECA survey estimated that Co-op employees volunteer an average of 58,000 hours to their communities each year.

2004 December
Roundup For Safety
Report

Roundup for Safety

Applications Received
& Approved:

Evergreen PTO
Playground Equipment
$10,000.00
Elrod Elementary
School

Radios   $799.50
Discovery Development Center
Lighting   $5,000.00
Martin City Volunteer
Fire Department
Turnout gear   $5,000.00
Brendan House
Wheelchair tie downs    $1,700.00
Hungry Horse VFD
Radios    $1,700.00
 

1 Application
Pending

1 Application
Denied

Roundup For Safety is a voluntary program for FEC members. Participating members allow their electric bill to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community safety projects.

Applications from non-profit groups are considered each month by a board of directors representing each Co-op district.

For information and application forms, call 751-4483 in Kalispell and 293-7122 in Libby.

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Kalispell Office: 2510 US Highway 2 East, Kalispell, MT 59901, 406-751-4483
Kalispell & Libby Office Hours: Monday Thru Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Libby Office: 121 West 4th Street, Libby, MT 59923, 406-293-7122
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