Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives is a national network of electric cooperatives across 46 states that provides resources and leverages partnerships to help member cooperatives and their employees better engage and serve their members. By working together, Touchstone Energy cooperatives stand as a source of power and information to their 32 million member-owners every day.
Meet our team and consultants at the events below and hear more about the Co-op Community Initiative.
Below are the key consultants that will help you revitalize your community.
Josh Nowell and Jim & Mallorie Rasberry
Owners, Laurel Mercantile Co.
Josh Nowell and Mallorie & Jim Rasberry will tell you how their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, created an atmosphere to instill preservation, promotion, and economic development efforts community wide. The trio may be featured on HGTV's show Home Town, now in it's third season, for their work with residential remodeling with show hosts, Erin & Ben Napier, but Josh, Jim & Mallorie got their start in downtown revitalization. The Napiers, Nowells, and Rasberrys are more than just best friends and family, they are business partners, real estate developers, USA Made advocates and are still very involved with economic development and volunteerism in their city. Together this team has collectively restored over 60,000 sq.ft of commercial space, over 40 historic homes, recruited and retained over 25 businesses, operate 3 retail stores, secured and manage a national furniture line and operate a bed and breakfast - all while having their individual small businesses and raising families. It’s that dynamic that has given them the ability to tell their story of small town revitalization and help other communities have a comeback story of their own.
Principal Community Planner, McClure Engineering
After a road-trip from NYC to 22 cities around America, Zachary chose Des Moines in 2007 to found the Des Moines Social Club. DMSC has hosted over 5000 events and seen over 1,000,000 patrons. His theatrical work and DMSC has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine and Politico. In 2017, Zachary founded the Creative Placemaking department at McClure Engineering Company as their Principal Community Planner. Zachary serves on the boards of Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Rural Development Council and shares his home with his wife Sarah, daughters Mira and Fiona and son Benjamin.
Learn more about Zach Manheimer's vision for this Greene County community.
John Marshall, Aaron Brossoit and Kirstie McPherson
Golden Shovel Agency
At Golden Shovel, we believe thriving communities improve everyone’s lives. Everything we do connects businesses and talent with communities they’ll thrive in. We do this by empowering economic developers through groundbreaking economic development communications.
Golden Shovel Agency brings creative energy to the work of economic development. Whether the goal is to attract and support great businesses or great talent, we are specialists in your world: We’ve helped more than 140 communities across North America to shape and tell their stories in order to strengthen the vitality of their regional economies. Our core services include branding, marketing, strategy, web development, and online communications. More than that, we are a true partner to our clients.
ACCELERATION by Design LLC
Lorie Vincent currently serves as the founder and President of ACCELERATION by design LLC. A professional economic development developer for 28 years, she has taken three organizations to the “next level”- a county organization, a regional organization and a state organization. In 2018, she created her own firm, ACCELERATION by design LLC, a boutique economic development firm which provides a fresh new approach to economic development training, client engagement and organizational effectiveness. A popular speaker, writer and trainer, Lorie brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the industry. She is a strong proponent of regionalism, a proud advocate for rural America, a public relations maven, a kick butt event planner and a traditional economic development practitioner who has a proven record of results.