Our Roots Run Deep

Homer Welch-1940, power lines

Homer Welch in 1940 helping to build power lines in SWFL.

LCEC brought power to parts of Southwest Florida when no other utility would. Back in 1940, other power companies weren’t interested in going outside of the city limits. There was no profit to be made from rural areas. Cooperatives, like LCEC, were established by the people who shared the principles of helping their neighbor and delivering affordable power to those without. Today, those rural areas have grown to become thriving communities, and LCEC is proud to continue serving them.

 

Serving the local community

Serving some of the most unique and prosperous parts of Southwest Florida is an honor and a responsibility that LCEC takes very seriously. The founder of LCEC, George Judd, contributed to the region that continues to make an impact including college scholarships and performing art center endowments. The first CEO, Homer Welch, not only worked on the power lines himself, but he played an integral role in cultivating relationships that spanned from Everglades City all the way to the far end of Bokellia. He was instrumental in working relentlessly to bring power to parts of Collier County, the barrier islands, parts of Lehigh Acres, and eventually Cape Coral. Many employees, retirees, and people within the community still remember Welch fondly for the work that he did to improve the lives of members and grow Southwest Florida. (Occasionally you can find a vintage photo of Welch on the LCEC Facebook page posted by those who knew him well.)

 

More recently, LCEC constructed the first power lines to serve the town of Ave Maria. What began as a small university town continues to grow and add value to the area. LCEC was there before the first brick was laid and continues to be involved in economic development of the area.

 

Giving back to Southwest Florida

Over the years, LCEC has been there to provide power and to meet other needs related to energizing the community. Corporate stewardship is a philosophy that has continued for decades. LCEC has contributed more than $1.5 million to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee, Charlotte and Collier counties over the past 10 years. Company leaders serve on workforce development, wellness, economic development, professional and civic organization committees. In addition, employees volunteer thousands of hours each year to help energize the communities in which they work, live, and play.

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