Company Information

Facts & Statistics

Board Chairperson
President / CEO
Craig Eccher
Governed by Board of Directors
Number of director districts
Mansfield, Pa.
Number of members
Miles of line
Date of incorporation
October 1937
Counties served
Tioga, Bradford, Potter, Lycoming, Clinton, Cameron, McKean
Monthly newsmagazine
Penn Lines
Statewide association
Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) based in Harrisburg, Pa.
Wholesale power supplier
Allegheny Electric Cooperative based in Harrisburg, Pa.
National association
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) based in Washington, D.C.
Lending agencies
Number of electric cooperatives in Pennsylvania & New Jersey


Rural Electrification Leaders

Wally Beyer
Current RUS Administrator
Lowell Geiser
Tri-County's Chairperson of the Board
Morris L. Cooke
1st REA Administrator
Clyde Ellis
1st General Manager of NRECA
JoAnn Emerson
Current General Manager of NRECA
Frank Betley
Current President of PREA and Allegheny
Sheldon Petersen
Current CFC Governor and CEO
Franklin D. Roosevelt
U.S. President who created the REA by executive order
Milton Shapp
Pa. Governor who signed territorial protection act
Craig Eccher
Tri-County's President and CEO


Rural Electric Abbreviations

Generation and transmission cooperative
Rural Electrification Administration
Raystown Hydroelectric Project
Susquehanna Steam Electric Station


Lowell W. Geiser, District 9
Lowell W. Geiser, District 9

District 9

Lowell W. Geiser of Galeton was appointed to the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative board of directors on Aug. 28, 2007. He represents District 9, which serves members in Abbott, Stewardson, and West Branch townships in Potter County; Elk Township in Tioga County; East Keating and Leidy townships in Potter County.

A lifelong resident of Potter County, Geiser, 49, is a partner in Forest View Evergreen Tree Farms, a family business started by his grandfather in 1928.

A graduate of Galeton Area High School, Geiser was a volunteer with the Germania Fire Co. for 18 years and served as the company's president for several years. He served as an Abbot Township supervisor for six years, and worked in the maintenance department at St. Marys Carbon Co. for eight years. He has been a member of Tri-County since 1985. He is a deacon with the First Baptist Church of Galeton.

District 8

Gerald A. (Arnie) Kriner and his wife, Lianne, live in Liberty Township, Tioga County.  For the last 31 years, he has been employed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  For the past 29 years, he has served as an executive assistant to state Sen. Roger A. Madigan and state Sen. Gene Yaw.

Kriner has been a member of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative since 1996.  He has served as the chairman of Tir-County's Elections and Credentials Committee for the past two years. He also serves on the co-op's Member Advisory Committee.

Kriner has served as a member of the board of directors of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition and as chairman of its rural health task force.  He currently serves as an advisory board member of the Pennsylvania Rural Leadership Program based at Penn State University.

He was one of the orginal steering committee members of the Tioga County Development Corporation, as well as an original steering committee member of its Adult and Youth Leadership Program.

Kriner also previously served as a co-chairman of the Partners in Progress Capital Campaign.

Alston A. Teeter, District 7
Alston A. Teeter, District 7

District 7

Alston A. Teeter, represents District 7 on the cooperative's board of directors.

He currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the Tri-County board and had served as Tri-County's chairman of the board from 1989 to 1993. He is also a past chairman of the board of directors for Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Tri-County's wholesale power supplier. Teeter also serves on the boards of directors of C&T Enterprises and Citizens' Electric Co.

Active in his church, Teeter is a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and a director of the Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority. He and his wife, Jenny, own and operate a heifer replacement farm near Milan in Bradford County. They have three grown children.

District 7 includes members residing in Athens, Ridgebury, Smithfield, South Creek and Ulster townships.

Alfted G. Calkins, District 6
Alfted G. Calkins, District 6

District 6

Alfred G. Calkins of East Troy is seeking re-election as District 6 director.

Calkins is a dairy farmer and serves on the executive committee of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association. He has been involved with the Troy Trojans Booster Club, served as a director with the Bradford County Holstein Club and is a life member of the Troy Rod and Gun Club

Calkins serves as vice president of the Tri-County board of directors and is the president of the C&T Enterprises board of directors. He is also a member of the Wellsboro Electric Co. board of directors.

Calkins and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 42 years and have two sons and four grandchildren.

“I look forward to continue serving our members by keeping up with the constant change of technology and new ideas to come but also keeping our rates affordable,” he stated.

District 6 includes Armenia, Columbia, Granville, Troy, Springfield, West Burlington, Sullivan, and Ward townships.