PAHRUMP, Nev. – Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA), a member-owned electric cooperative based in Pahrump, Nevada, announced it was recently named one of Nevada’s 2014 Best Companies to Work For by Nevada Business Magazine. VEA received the recognition as a result of the cooperative’s many efforts to support its employees through a variety of unique benefits and professional development opportunities.
“VEA has implemented a wide range of initiatives to motivate and reward our dedicated team members, and we take pride in receiving recognition for these efforts,” said Tom Husted, CEO of VEA. “VEA’s ability to provide the highest quality of service to all of our members is built upon the efforts of our valuable employees, and I would like to thank our team members for building one of the state’s finest work environments.”
Nevada Business Magazine, a leading statewide business magazine, publishes a biennal feature highlighting the Best Companies to Work For to recognize Nevada businesses that go above and beyond to support their employees. More than 400 employees from across Nevada nominated their employers to be included in this year’s feature.
The publication chose to recognize VEA as one of the 12 Nevada companies included in the 2014 feature. The magazine based its selections on a variety of factors, including the treatment of employees, benefits offered and each company’s core values. Prominent Nevada businesses profiled alongside VEA in the August issue of Nevada Business Magazine include Cox Communications and City National Bank.
“Valley Electric Association has established a number of programs for its employees that exemplify the spirit of the Best Companies to Work For,” said Tarah Richardson, managing editor of Nevada Business Magazine. “This editorial profiles a handful of companies that have taken extraordinary measures to care for their employees. It’s our desire that the polices of these companies will serve as examples for businesses throughout the state.”
VEA strives to foster a supportive work environment that encourages teamwork and recognizes dedication. The cooperative offers comprehensive benefits, as well as competitive wages. VEA also encourages team members to advance their careers through an innovative continuing education program. The program reimburses employees for their tuition as they pursue degrees that are relevant to the services VEA provides.
VEA offers ongoing opportunities for employees to advance within the cooperative. Many long-term employees have risen through the ranks, including interns who eventually earned full-time positions.
“VEA values the input of its employees, many of whom are also member-owners of the cooperative,” Husted said. “Our executive team encourages an open dialogue with all employees to foster the development of new and innovative ideas.”
In addition, the cooperative provides its employees with opportunities to participate in a wide range of charitable efforts within the communities they serve. Employees contribute to many community service efforts organized by VEA throughout the year, including the cooperative’s annual Fill the Bucket Truck School Supply Drive and its holiday donations to low-income families.
About Valley Electric Association, Inc.
Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is a member-owned, nonprofit electric utility headquartered in Pahrump, Nevada. While VEA started as a small, rural electric utility in 1965, the company now provides service to more than 45,000 people within a vast 6,800-square-mile service area located primarily along the California-Nevada border, with the majority in Nevada. VEA’s service area starts in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, and extends north for more than 250 miles to Fish Lake Valley. For more information about VEA, please visit www.vea.coop.