Legislators Hear Importance of Electricity, Broadband
By Sean J. Vanslyke
Missouri State Capitol
During the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives 13th Annual State Legislative Conference in February at Jefferson City, our grassroots team met with legislators to express the importance of legislative support for rural electric cooperative values and infrastructure funding for fiber-fast Internet. It is important we walk the Missouri State Capitol from time-to-time to remind elected officials about local issues. Did you know the Missouri State Capitol is 437 feet long and 300 feet wide at its center and that the top of the dome towers 262 feet above the basement floor? If you haven’t taken a tour of the Capitol, it is worthy of a trip. It’s free to visit, plus it is a good idea to say hello to your elected officials.
SEMO Electric’s Bloomfield Operations Center was opened in 1955. Since then, the technology, equipment, and personnel required to provide reliable power and broadband has changed dramatically. As a result of a building assessment, which identified several items requiring attention, we reworked the entire building to make it energy efficient and safe for Team SEMO and member-consumers. Thank you for being patient with us during construction. Once the weather warms up, we will paint the outside and have a grand opening for you to tour the facility.
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Vanslyke is general manager and chief executive officer of SEMO Electric Cooperative. In the photo with Sean is Representative Holly Rehder (District 148). The pair is looking at a strand of fiber. In the photos below, clockwise, is Representative Barry Hovis (District 146), with a SEMO Electric bucket during a session in the House, Senator Doug Libla (District 25), Representative Herman Morse (District 151), Representative Kathy Swan (District 147), Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and Senator Wayne Wallingford (District 27) and intern Hannah Lucas with members of SEMO Electric’s Board of Directors and Team SEMO’s Becky Ivester.