Sister co-ops in Horry County celebrate Co-op Month with Bright Ideas

Joint Co-op Month Celebration awards  $7,600 in Bright Ideas Grants to Teachers in Horry County

 Horry County, SC –  HEC (Horry Electric Cooperative) and HTC (Horry Telephone Cooperative)  joined forces once again to help kick-off October as National Cooperative Month in Horry County.  In doing so, the two locally owned cooperative companies awarded over $7,600 in grants for Horry County teachers.  HTC, the local telecommunications cooperative, and HEC, the electric cooperative, are both responsible for generating hundreds of jobs while supporting local causes ranging from education to the environment. 

The sister cooperatives, both headquarted in Conway, launched the Bright Ideas program in January 2007 with the hopes of providing funding for innovative classroom-based education projects.  “Bright Ideas” grants are intended to fund projects outside normal public school funding parameters and can be made available to all disciplines in grades K-12 in Horry County.  A school may submit an application, and teachers are limited to one application per year.

 “Many teachers develop innovative classroom projects, but do not have the funds to implement the projects,” says Nicole Hyman, HTC senior marketing coordinator.  “We were very pleased with the applications from various schools throughout Horry County, and we are excited to announce that through the Bright Ideas program HTC and HEC will be able to help fund nine of those projects.” 

HEC and HTC recently visited eight schools in the area to deliver $7,625 in grant money. 

     “We were very impressed with the requests and are especially proud that all grants presented this year are funded through the annual Co-Op Cup Golf Tournament hosted by HTC and HEC employees in October,” says Toni Gore, HEC marketing and public relations assistant.

The Bright Ideas grant program is just one of the many that HEC and HTC implement in the educational sector of Horry and Georgetown Counties.  For more information about the Bright Ideas grant program or other educational programs for local schools, visit, or  Feel free to contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator at 369-8498 or Toni Gore, HEC Marketing and Public Relations Assistant at 369-6359. 


About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telephone cooperative and the 18th largest telephone company.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates more than 55 years of service to the community as a local communications leader. 

HTC offers local telephone service, long distance, Digital Wireless, Digital Cable, High-Speed Internet Access, and advanced business services such as Remote Recovery Services, Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) design, firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) security.  HTC Communications, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of HTC, Inc., offers local telephone service in the city of Conway, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Pawleys Island and the city of Georgetown. 

A full menu of communications services are available from HTC Communications including, local telephone service, long distance, Digital Wireless, Digital Cable and High-Speed Internet access.    HTC also provides Home Security and Fiber to the Home technology called HTC Bluewave, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that delivers unparalleled bandwidth for extremely high-speed Internet access and data transmittal, 100 percent digital cable TV video, and traditional voice service through a single delivery point to a customer’s home.  For additional information about HTC, call (843) 365- 2154.  |  Twitter: @HorryTelephone  |  Facebook:  

About HEC

Horry Electric Cooperative is one of twenty electric cooperatives in South Carolina. Serving more than 64,000  meters  in Horry County, the Cooperative is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.  Touchstone Energy is a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small.  More than 600 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 44 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 16 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and a longstanding commitment to communities.

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