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Associated Electric's Mark
Woodson has worked on the
Power4Progress economic
development program, which
looks to find new opportunities for the rural communities
Associated serves.

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ark Woodson compares
the economic development efforts he's been
involved with for 31 years
to farming. "You want to plant seeds
and you hope they yield something
down the road," he says.
As Associated Electric Cooperative's senior manager of member
services and economic development, he's traveled all over the state
helping electric cooperatives bring
much-needed jobs to their communities. Now just months away from
retirement, he's knee-deep in a massive economic development project
which is part of the Power4Progress
program that could provide a blueprint for new opportunities in communities across Missouri. It's just
one of many ways that Associated,
the cooperative power supplier for 39
of Missouri's electric cooperatives, as

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ning commissions, local chambers
well as co-ops in Iowa and Oklahoma,
of commerce, economic development
helps communities succeed.
organizations and any other group
Beginning in northeast Missouri,
working to bring jobs to their commuAssociated is working with its transnity. "It gives those regions a point to
mission member systems to implestart," Mark says. "One thing we need
ment the program. The cooperatives
to make clear is there's no silver bulidentify stakeholders in the region,
let, no 'do this and you immediately
which might include school superexperience success.' The perspective I
intendents, county commissioners,
look at is where is the local economy
manufacturers or other large employtoday and not what happened in the
ers. These stakeholders provide
last six weeks,
it's over many,
input on their area'sWorldWide
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years.
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advantages and needs. From this
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or better if you focus on the
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development consultant.
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Adds Kami Mohn, who will move
"We gather substantial data which
from Northeast Power to join Associthe consultant analyzes and ties into
ated's member services and economic
an extensive report," Mark says. "The
development team this month: "This
Northeast Power report profiles the
report was a 20-week process for us.
region, overall what's there, what's
But really, once we had that report in
good, what business sectors are growhand that's when the work starts."
ing and what's not, along with develShe says the effort has given the
opment opportunities."
cooperatives a seat at the table and
The electric cooperative can then
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