Indianapolis, Ind. — Thirty-three students from around Indiana experienced our state government in action on March 7 at the Indiana House of Representatives Page Office REMC Day.
“Serving as a page gives young people a unique opportunity to participate in state government,” explained Rick Coons, CEO for the Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “Experiencing the process and the heart of state government brings to life many of the lessons students learn in the classroom. Seeing it firsthand takes it to the next level.”
This year, Indiana’s electric cooperatives (REMCs) teamed up with the Indiana House of Representatives Page Office to host REMC Day. The day featured a tour of the Governor’s office as well as Statehouse and the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with their State Representative. In addition, Pages also witness floor sessions and committee meetings and assist staff members.
“These 33 students came from electric cooperative service territories around the state,” Coons explained. “They’re the leaders of tomorrow and this experience gives them a glimpse at our legislative process and how it relates to their hometowns and the electric cooperatives that serve the communities where they live.”
In addition to Page Day, Indiana’s electric cooperatives provide a number of opportunities for area youth, including Touchstone Energy Camp, Youth Tour to Washington D.C., and scholarship programs.
“Commitment to community is one of the electric cooperative cornerstones,” Coons added, “and investing in the youth of the community is a long-standing tradition.”
Indiana Electric Cooperatives, located in Indianapolis, represents 39 electric distribution cooperatives that serve 1.3 million Hoosiers in 89 of the state’s 92 counties. The cooperatives are collectively the second largest electricity provider in Indiana. For more information about the association visit indianaec.org.