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Eastern Iowa REC – More than 80 years of dedication to you

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 7037 on May 11, 1935, establishing the Rural Electrification Administration.  This provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems to serve rural areas of the United States.  Thirty-eight electric cooperative pioneers in eastern Iowa met on Sept. 17, 1935 at Swains Hall in McCausland to form Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative.  These rural eastern Iowa residents sought to improve their lives by establishing an organization to help them bring electricity to their homes, farms and businesses. 

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