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Apr 12, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

"Concern for Community" is one of the seven principles upon which cooperatives are founded.  A recent article in the heraldonline demonstrates how the electric cooperativs of South Carolina put this prinicple into action.  In partnership with the Honor Flight organization of South Carolina, the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina helped make it possible for SC vets to visit the WWII monument in Wasington, DC.


Read more about this story cooperation and collaboration at http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/04/11/3887383/sc-veterans-gather-at-wwii-monument.html.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: WWII, veterans, memorial, rural electrics, cooperatives Comments: [comment_count]
Apr 11, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent article by the Capital Institute, discusses how an unusual partnership in Cleveland, OH, is serving as a model of job creation, and wealth-building in an impoverished urban neighborhood. The article states:  "Evergreen is a way forward for a great diversity of communities -- not merely those in inner cities -- to build resiliency and to redefine wealth through hands-on ownership of capital, a more creative and productive use of internal assets, and through shared purpose and respect for the limits of the earth’s regenerative capacities."

Read more about how Evergreen has adopted a number of the principles and structures of the famed Mondragon group of cooperatives of Spain at http://tinyurl.com/bwk8a9w.


Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, economy, jobs, green jobs Comments: [comment_count]
Apr 10, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor touts the benefits of the cooperative business model.  "Co-ops worldwide represent much more than hippie grocery stores: They're a fast-growing way to do business better in fields from finance to agriculture to industry.

"Cooperatives are more widespread than you might think. From banks and credit unions to apartment buildings to worker-owned businesses, co-ops appear in every facet of today’s economy. In most cases, they formed in response to economic crises like the Great Depressionor to let small groups compete in monopolized markets. In 2012, both of those conditions exist – and unsurprisingly, so do cooperatives."

There is enough flexibility in the cooperative model to start any kind of business endeavor from health care to child care, to finance, to housing, to food, to nuts and bolts and everything in between.

Read the "rest of the story" at http://tinyurl.com/d6vkxrp.


Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, business, better Comments: [comment_count]
Apr 9, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A recent article on mysuburbanlife.com describes how the Lemont, IL,  Public Library is preparing for state funding cuts by joining a new, six-library cooperative that will result in more efficient library services.

The Pinnacle Library Cooperative is an intergovernmental agreement between Lemont Public Library, Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook, Joliet Public Library, Plainfield Public Library, Shorewood-Troy Public Library and White Oak Library District. The six libraries will share resources, materials and keep decision-making local, according to officials.

Read more about this new, smaller library cooperative at http://tinyurl.com/c2acew8.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: funding cuts, library, libraries, Illinois, cooperative Comments: [comment_count]
Apr 4, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

What makes electric cooperatives different from other utilities is that “giving something back to the community” is part of their business plan. Why do electric cooperatives bring high school students to Washington? Because it is important to learn about the political process to interact with your government. You will walk away from this week as a better leader and a sense that you can make a difference.

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school students to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative.

The  featured speakers during National Youth Day provide insight to the important roles electric cooperatives play in their community. Students gain a personal understanding of American history and their role as a citizen by meeting their representative and senators and explore the sights around the nation’s capital. Don’t be surprised if you run into a former Youth Tour participant who is a congressional aide on Capitol Hill. Several of our alums work in Washington.

Over 40,000 students from rural areas and small towns across America have participated in this unique program. Some of our Youth Tour  alums have gone on to design airplanes and to serve in the highest ranks of our government, including the U.S. Senate.

For more information about this program visit http://youthtour.coop/about/index.htm.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: youth, washington, tour, electric, cooperative, students, high schoool, utilities Comments: [comment_count]


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