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Economic Development

Benton REA recognizes that quality, reliable electric service is essential to the success of any business or industry. Equally important is a positive business climate, which invites companies to become a part of our dynamic community. Benton REA takes an active role in our communities economic development as it is central to our internal business strategies as well as our core goals as a cooperative:

Benton REA’s Bylaw 3.01.2: Economic Development – The Board of Trustees is empowered to promote economic development of the general areas in or near to which the Association serves.

The Seventh Cooperative Principal: Concern for Community – Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.

The Red Mountain Transportation Project is an example of the cooperative spirit where people and entities come together to collaborate and partner for the betterment of the entire community, further evidence of the benefit of the Cooperative Way. For a full explanation of the Red Mountain Transportation project and how it will stimulate economic growth, encourage tourism, and improve farm to market access, check out an article that appeared in the Ruralite magazine, titled Visionary Leadership: the Key to the Red Mountain Transportation Project.

Benton REA and its community partners have been successful in bringing various new businesses and industries to our local area and assisting existing businesses as they improve their operations. Benton REA has implemented various program to help spur desirable economic development, such as a Revolving Loan Fund. Also, Benton REA provides this Economic Resource Directory, which provides information and contacts regarding business resources from Yakima to the Tri-Cities.

For more information about Benton REA’s role in economic development, call 509-786-8265, toll free 800-221-6987.

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