Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative works to attract new companies—which results in more jobs and investments in our communities —and to engage existing businesses and industries to help them grow in a sustainable way. We are committed to serving our communities and corporate citizens to help them achieve lasting success in our dynamic, prosperous region.
Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative is dedicated to powering our communities in more ways than one. In addition to providing safe, reliable and affordable power, we’re investing in innovative energy projects and economic development activities that boost regional vitality, and help our members grow and thrive.
Photo: Officials from Mueller Company were in Kimball November 2019 to make a big announcement: they are opening a new facility on Industrial Drive in Kimball, investing over $40 million and bringing 325 jobs to the area. Pictured left to right are: Marion County Mayor David Jackson, SVEC CEO Mike Partin, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Mueller Vice-President and Whitwell Mountain native Scott Floyd and Beth Jones from SEIDA.
We provide a wide array of support for businesses seeking to start, expand, or relocate to the SVEC area, which includes the majority of these counties: Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie. Support may include:
- Assistance with site and building identification
- Energy audit services
- Assistance with market research
- Flexibility in rate design
- Power quality services
- Loan and grant assistance
- Demographic analysis
USDA Loans and Grants
Tennessee’s electric cooperatives are a national leader in channeling funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) program to rural Tennessee. These low-interest loans can be used to assist with various improvements including fire and rescue, police protection, public buildings and community facilities, and other economic development projects.
Education and Workforce Development
Investment in education and workforce development is especially critical for rural communities so they can retain the skilled workforce necessary to attract jobs and economic opportunity. To that end, SVEC invests in a number of programs aimed at supporting education and professional development including:
Bright Ideas: For the past 3 years, this grant program has helped bring learning to life in local classrooms by providing funding for innovative classroom projects. In 2019, SVEC awarded over $10,000 in grants to teachers that supported more than 19 innovative projects. Click here for more information on Bright Ideas.
Photo: SVEC CEO Mike Partin with Governor Bill Lee and Valmont pre-apprenticeship student Skylar Ramsey.
Valmont Pre-Apprenticeship Program: Along with the Southeast Industrial Development Association (SEIDA), in 2019 SVEC had the opportunity to invest in local youth by donating $10,000 to build an on-site training facility at Valmont Industries in Kimball, TN for students of Marion County schools. Students learn the valuable trade of welding, earn dual-enrollment credits and get paid for their work, while Valmont proactively meets the demands of a much-needed skilled workforce. This is the first pre-apprenticeship program in Tennessee and SVEC is proud to help sponsor it.