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Wis electric co-op plans alliance of CUs other co-ops
CENTURIA, Wis. (11/29/12)--A Wisconsin electric cooperative is leading efforts to form an alliance of credit unions, and food, legal and other co-ops serving northwest Wisconsin to build awareness and collaboration about cooperative businesses in Polk and Burnett counties (Wisconsin Ag Connection Nov. 27).    

Polk-Burnett is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative in Centuria, Wis., established by members in 1938 to bring electricity to rural families, farms and businesses. It delivers electricity and energy services to 20,000 members, and provides propane services to 4,000 customers.

In October, Polk-Burnett partnered with a credit union, a law co-op and a newspaper publishing co-op to place the alliance's first ad in a local newspaper, Ag Connection said.

The goal is to bring 12 additional area co-ops into the alliance--including businesses in dairy, farm supplies, food and insurance, the publication said.

Although the idea of forming a regional co-op had been floating around for a few years, a suggestion to build relationships with other co-ops as a means to celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives in 2012 inspired Polk Burnett to take action, Joan O'Fallon, the co-op's communications director, told the publication.
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