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Walters lineman selected for international project

Tyson Potter Tyson Potter

WALTERS, OK (KSWO)- Cotton Electric Cooperative journeyman lineman Tyson Potter was selected to join 13 volunteer line workers to electrify the remote Chiis village of around 45 homes in the northwestern part of Guatemala this October.

“We are proud to send an ambassador from southwest Oklahoma to help bring electricity to those who have not been as fortunate as we have,” said Cotton Electric’s CEO Jennifer Meason. “It speaks to the value of the cooperative difference that transcends borders.”

The village of Chiis is isolated and economically vulnerable. Chiis mainly produces beans and corn for self-consumption.

“Bringing electricity to remote areas in developing countries takes electric cooperatives back to their roots,” says OAEC General Managers Chris Meyers. “It reinforces our commitment to improve the quality of life for local communities in our home and abroad.”

The electrification project will be coordinated through the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) philanthropic arm, NRECA International Foundation.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming response of Oklahoma co-op linemen who are willing to leave their homes for an extended period of time to empower far-away communities,” says International Committee Chairman Jimmy Taylor. “Access to electricity will bring economic empowerment, better access to health care and enhanced safety for these villagers. It’s a life-changing gift.”

Potter joined the Cotton Electric in 2008.

Information provided by Cotton Electric.

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