|GCEC serves Grayson and Collin Counties. We also live in and support all of the great communities
within our region. Our principal goal is to be your source of information for all electricity needs,
as well as striving to keep our members informed and involved so they can make a difference
in their community. If you have any electricity issues or needs, please call us at 903-482-7100.
GCEC and Verizon, two great names in service that you can trust!
The new Verizon store is now open in Van Alstyne offering you great Verizon service for voice, data, and texting through the hottest phones out there including smart phones like the iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, Samsung, LG, Motorola, and more. The Verizon store is on the northbound highway 75 access road in Van Alstyne. GCEC and Verizon, the service you need with the phone you want. Put GCEC and Verizon to work for you. Two great names, great phone choices, and a plan to suit you.
New Automated Response System now available...
GCEC is pleased to announce our new Automated Response System. The system has been implemented to assist our members by allowing them to enter outages, make payments, inquire on account balances, plus more via their touch tone phone. To access our automated response system please dial 903-482-7111. Because we strive to excel in personal service, our main number, 903-482-7100, will always be answered by our member services support staff.
Co-op Connections will help your business connect with even more customers!
If you're a business owner, to an extent you have already felt the pinch of tougher economic times these days. What better way to stimulate your business than by becoming a Co-op Connections partner! By signing up to be a local participating business in the program, your business' exposure to hundreds of thousands more new customers is guaranteed while also strengthening relationships with your current customer base. Learn more about how easy it is to be a Co-op Connections partner today!
One test everybody will dig!
It's always exciting when there's a big project on the horizon. But there are a few critical steps that everyone should consider before breaking ground on any new construction, fencing or structure project, and that's a “Dig Tess”! The consequences can be very dangerous, expensive and can put the brakes on everyone's progress. So take a moment to contact us before things get too far along to make sure you're in the safety zone!
The history of Willie Wiredhand ...
Willie Wiredhand was “born” October 30, 1950. He was the creation of the late Andrew “Drew” McLay, an entomologist turned freelance artist working for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)-based in Washington, D.C. at the time. "We were toying with ideas for an electric cooperative symbol," recalls William Roberts, who in the 1950s served as editor of NRECA's trade publication Rural Electrification. "I had tossed out the idea that the symbol ought to portray rural electric service as the farmer's hired hand, which in those days was almost the whole public relations story we wanted to get across. Drew picked up on the idea at my home one night after a couple of beers." Sprawled out on Roberts' living room floor with a sketchpad, McLay created "Willie the Wired Hand." NRECA's membership selected the symbol and shortened it to "Willie Wiredhand," as their animated ambassador in 1951.
Willie came along in the heyday of "cartoon" advertising, when hundreds of lovable characters like Mr. Clean, Mr. Peanut, speedy alka-seltzer, the Jolly Green Giant, Elsie the Cow, the Michelin Man, etc. promoted everything from food and household cleaners to stomach antacids. And the power of Brand Icons continue even to this day. We've still got lizards, ducks, bunny rabbits, doughboys and on and on!
At GCEC, we still consider Willie our ambassador and have resurrected him not only as a symbol of our heritage, but as well, a demonstration of our commitment to the communities which we serve. So keep your eyes out for Willie as he continues extending a helping hand wherever he may be. And after all these years, he's still able to maintain his youthful good looks!
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