Many of you are probably familiar with the classic novel “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. In this story, the main character, Pip, is continually evaluating himself and his situation as he strives to improve and advance his station in life. The fundamental ideas of ambition and self-improvement are at the center of the story.
Southeastern Indiana REMC is also continually evaluating its programs and services, ambitiously striving to improve the quality of life and place in southeastern Indiana. As we work through the strategic initiatives defined by the board of directors and management team, we continue to evolve and explore new ideas to create connections and expand the possibilities.
As we begin a new year, we remain committed to our mission to safely provide reliable electricity and diversified services, while maintaining our values of integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. We also continue to focus on the ongoing strategic initiatives and priorities defined in our 2020-23 strategic plan.
We anticipate the completion of our headquarters facilities building project in late spring and look forward to moving into the new administrative building in June. Many of the plans we have put into place over the past couple of years are proving their effectiveness as we continue to see improvements in line loss and reliability in our electric division.
As our world becomes increasingly connected, we are diligently working to break down the digital divide in southeast Indiana with our new fiber division. We began building a state-of-the-art fiber optic network and providing high-speed broadband internet service in 2021. SEI Fiber is now available in the Elrod, Versailles and Hopewell areas and will soon expand to include the Jennings, Five Points and Pleasant areas. The expansion of this project is top of mind for us, knowing that this service opens the door of opportunity for many new and emerging technologies as we move into the future.
While the world continues to grapple with moving beyond COVID-19 and its effects, global supply-chain challenges, and the growing role of artificial intelligence, we will continue to seek solutions and define programs and services with our members’ best interests at heart. 2022 will be a year of great expectations, and we look forward to creating new connections with our members and the communities we serve as we expand the possibilities together.