When the Electric Cooperative Training Center opened in 2019 in Palmyra, Va., it was envisioned as more than just a place for lineworkers, technicians, system operators and substation operators to stay on top of their games. The expectation was that the center would become a host facility for events in and around Fluvanna County.

That was realized on Oct. 14 as the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting at the training center. The Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives is a member of the Fluvanna chamber, as is Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, whose district office is adjacent to the center.

Todd Butcher, manager of safety training, and Dirrick Simmons, safety training coordinator, were the VMD hosts for the event at the 9,600-square-foot facility just north of Palmyra. The event and the building were big hits. Ruthann Carr, office manager for the chamber, thanked the association for being gracious hosts. 

The evening consisted of recognizing great women, successful businesses and hearing compelling stories about business struggles and success. Herbert’s Wine Jelly, owned by Carolyn Herbert, received recognition as Business of the Year.

“We are proud of our affiliation and association with the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce, and we look forward to building further on that relationship in the coming years,” said Brian Mosier, president and CEO of the VMD Association.

—Report by Steven Johnson, Vice President, Communications, VMD Assoiciation

Above photo: The Electric Cooperative Training Center in Palmra, Va., hosted the 2021 annual meeting of the Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce.