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WATCH ENERGY USE DURING PEAK HOURS FROM 2PM TO 9PM


Choctaw Electric members are encouraged to help CEC “beat the peak” by conserving energy between 2 pm and 9 pm daily in August. CEC’s system typically “peaks” during this period of time as people return from work, turn the A/C on high, cook dinner and do laundry.


When usage is high throughout the CEC system, it creates what is known as a peak demand.


Wholesale electricity prices from CEC’s power supplier are based in part on this peak, so keeping the number as low as possible helps control costs for CEC and co-op members


Thank you for your cooperation.


WIN $300 FOR YOUR BEST PHOTO Oklahoma Living magazine announces the opening of the 2015 Calendar Contest. Readers will have the opportunity to win up to $300 and have their photography published in the state’s largest subscription- based monthly publication.


First, readers must take a photo in Oklahoma. Second, readers may choose which category is the most fitting for their photo. Third,


readers may submit entries either online or through the mail.


Submitted photos will be used to create the 2015 Photo Calendar, which will be sold through Oklahoma Living. There is a $5 entry fee for each photo submitted. Funds generated from entries and calendar sales will go to a not- for-profit organization that champions a worthy cause.


One grand-prize winner will receive $300 and 12 other winners will receive a $50 gift card. All winning photos will be published in Oklahoma Living and the 2015 Photo Calendar.


Entries must be received by August 5, 2014. For more details, visit www.ok-living.coop/contests.


Oklahoma Living magazine is published by the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives. For more than 65 years, Oklahoma Living has informed, educated and entertained Oklahoma’s electric consumer-members. Access the interactive digital edition at www.ok-living.coop.


CHOCTAWPROMISE ZONE HOLDS PROMISE FOR SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA


BY STEPHENIEOCHOA CHOCTAW NATION OF OKLAHOMA


Sara-Jane Smallwood, Promise Zone coordinator for the Choctaw Nation, spoke to local economic representatives, educators and business leaders at the third annual E3 Economic Summit at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in June.


“Right now, we are focusing on a few key areas that we know will contribute to our economy and create a better workforce for tomorrow.”


—SARAH JANE SMALLWOOD PROMISE ZONE COORDINATOR


Smallwood spoke of the designation of the Choctaw Nation as the first tribal Promise Zone, one of five areas in the U.S. to be selected. “The designation in January was a huge surprise and also a huge joy when we found out that we were the first and the only tribe to be designated as a Promise Zone in the country,” Smallwood said.


President Barack Obama also designated urban and rural areas in San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Southeastern Kentucky as Promise Zones, beginning the anti-poverty program aimed at providing resources and improving conditions for those communities.


Smallwood said the initiative would enhance cooperation between federal agencies, governmental branches, community advocates and Native American tribes. “My job is to work with all of our leaders, both internally and externally, to figure out what our needs are and put the pieces together to communicate that


to federal agencies,” Smallwood said. “Right now, we are focusing on a few key areas that we know will contribute to our economy and create a better workforce for tomorrow.”


John Redman, rural


development specialist for the United States Development Agency (USDA), also speaking at the E3 Economic Summit, said the government wants to invest in what works by helping these Promise Zone areas define clear goals and access to more resources. “We’re going to try to fund as many projects as we can,” Redman said. “We are looking for new projects to partner with the Choctaw Nation and their local affiliates, so the Choctaw Nation is going to be a very important player in economic development here in the years looking forward.”


Kathy Hendrick, director of the Southeastern Center for Regional Competitiveness stated, “The Choctaw Nation has already made a huge impact on the southeastern Oklahoma areas and the Promise Zone initiative will only help those areas to develop and grow more.”


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