As a young person growing up in a small, rural West Texas town, educational opportunities were more limited than in most urban areas. People and resources were scarce. I joined the Spur FFA chapter to broaden my educational experience. I began competing in parliamentary procedure, radio broadcasting and meat judging state competitions that improved my public speaking skills and allowed me to expand my network. To this day, I am still connected to people I met through the FFA while in high school and college, including employees of the FFA organization and members of the national board. The FFA provided my first real-world experience in networking. Now, as a renewable energy project developer, I highly depend on this skill to build trusting relationships and get projects across the finish line.

As an FFA alumna, I am thrilled that Invenergy recognizes the value of the FFA and has announced a sponsorship of national programs such as their Alumni Platform, Blue Jacket Program and Extemporaneous Public Speaking Development Events.

Did you know 50 percent of Invenergy’s U.S.-based projects are located within the same zip code as an FFA chapter? Given the proximity of FFA chapters to our home communities, Invenergy has a unique opportunity to make meaningful connections with like-minded people who believe in the FFA’s mission to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

This national investment reinforces our commitment to the development of rural communities and helps both Invenergy and the FFA share their values with a wider audience.

Invenergy recently announced a three-year commitment to the National FFA Organization. Read more about the commitment here.