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Nov 1, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

What could you do with $1.7 billion in a city of around 200,000, where 33 percent of households live below the federal poverty line?

The city of Rochester, with Mayor Lovely Warren at the helm and supported by partners and allies across New York State and beyond, has hatched a plan to tap into at least that much to help level the economic playing field for Rochester’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

“It’s about being able to give employees an opportunity to have ownership and to build wealth within their own communities,” says Warren. The plan consists of supporting the creation or growth of cooperatively owned businesses located primarily in the city’s most distressed neighborhoods, collectively known as the Northern Crescent. Click here to read the rest of the story.

 

Topics: Technical Assistance Tags: Rochester, cooperatives, Northern Crescent, disadvantaged, poverty Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 27, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Doug O’Brien as NCBA CLUSA’s next president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018, replacing Judy Ziewacz who will retire on December 31, 2017. Read full story here.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: NCBA, NCBA CLUSA, Doug O'Brien, Judy Ziewacz, National Cooperative Business Association Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 24, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

On September 19, 2017 the Rhode Island General Assembly passed Senator Donna Nesslebush’s Senate Bill 0676 Sub A and Representative Shelby Maldonado’s House Bill H6155, “Corporations, Associations, and Partnerships.” The bill will be signed officially by Governor Raimondo on October 25, 2017 at Fuerza Laboral in Central Falls.​  Heiny Maldonado and Raul Figueroa were in Indianapolis on Friday, 10/20 and shared the story of how they worked to get this bill passed.  Congratulations!

Topics: Success Story Tags: co-ops, cooiperatives, worker co-ops, Rhode Island Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 19, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In recent years, NCBA CLUSA has estimated that there are about 40,000 cooperative businesses within the U.S. Now, new research from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Cooperatives (UWCC) has validated that number. The new report, coupled with anticipated federal data from the 2017 Economic Census, will put the U.S. at the forefront in national reporting on the cooperative sector.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: co-op, cooperative, economy, US economy Comments: [comment_count]
Oct 18, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A little bit of kindness goes a long way toward.....Building a Better World. Cooperatives around the U.S. demonstrate Principle 7, Concern for Community, as they commit to kindness. Count your kind acts towards the one million!  Learn more and pledge today.  #Coops4kindness

 

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, co-ops, pledge, kindness, prinicple 7, p7 Comments: [comment_count]

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