Both arts and science community thrives at Area 59 in Gillette, Wyoming


Each year at our Annual Meeting, we share a video focused on different facets of cooperative social responsibility at Basin Electric and in our membership.

You can find what social responsibility means to Basin Electric within the Seven Cooperative Principles. We stand for working for our members. We stand for democracy, education, and cooperation among cooperatives. We stand for our communities – filling the needs we see – just as we did all the way back to building our own power poles and power plants to bring electricity to our farms and ranches.

We are sharing pieces of the cooperative social responsibility video here.

Area 59 in Gillette, Wyoming, is supported by Basin Electric and Class C member Powder River Energy Corporation. Science students and the wider community can use the equipment there to create ideas and products.

We interviewed Guy Jackson, Director of Area 59 Center for Innovation and Fabrication; Mike Clyde, Basin Electric maintenance supervisor at Dry Fork Station and VEX Robotics mentor at Area 59; and Carolyn Matthews, Owner of CM Crafts. They talk about the unique space Gillette has for families, retirees, and young people can use and learn about 3-D printing and other fabrication tools.

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