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Aug 23, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Access to broadband is critical to the stability and growth of rural America.  Courthouses, farms and businesses need high-speed internet. Broadband plays a critical for rural medicine and education and it is important to support our students and local schools. They are the lifeblood keeping rural communities intact. ... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops
Aug 9, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

This Saturday, August 12, people worldwide will celebrate International Youth Day. Observed annually on August 12 since 2000, this United Nations emphasis day recognizes young people as agents of change. This year's theme, "Youth Building Peace," highlights young people's contributions to conflict prevention and transformation, as well as... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: youth, United Nations, UN
May 26, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

It's official:  Up & Coming 2018 is scheduled for March 16-17 Read more >

Jan 4, 2017
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“ICDC was pivotal to developing Lost River Market and Deli in a community that doesn’t match the normal food co-op demographic. Incorporation, bylaws, organizing a steering committee—but the largest impact was ICDC’s consistent attention, offering advice, finding resources and avenues of support and helping us tell our story to members and funders.”

—Debbie Turner, Lost River... Read more >

Topics: Testimonial
Jan 4, 2017
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“We began working as a multifarm agricul­tural cooperative in 2006 with assistance from ICDC and a grant for legal expenses. Without that support, our co-op growers wouldn’t have been able to confidently create its FarmFreshCSA project to direct market our naturally grown fresh produce.”

—Claire Whalen, Laughery Valley Growers Read more >

Topics: Testimonial
Jan 4, 2017
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In the fall of 2005, a group of farmers in the Laughery Valley in the Southeastern region of Indiana came together to meet with the ICDC staff and discuss the feasibility of joining forces to develop local markets for their produce. The initial meeting stirred the creativity of the group and soon the Laughery Valley Growers Cooperative began to take shape with six local growers. They agreed to begin their marketing efforts with the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model which would be called the “FarmFreshCSA”. Read more >

Topics: Success Story
Jan 4, 2017
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In September 2005, a large group of residents from the greater Orange County region in Southern Indiana gathered to discuss plans to support the growers of local specialty foods and to enhance their availability within the region. A steering committee began to develop the Lost River Community Cooperative. Since that time, the group has been off and running! Read more >

Topics: Success Story
Jan 4, 2017
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In early 2011, the ICDC was contacted by Organic Valley and asked to assist a group of 80 organic milk producers in northern Indiana form a cooperative to purchase a local organic feed mill. The steering committee met bi-weekly throughout 2012 with a goal of completing the project by early 2013. Read more >

Topics: Success Story
Dec 1, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Indiana's electric cooperatives and their statewide magazine, Electric Consumer, invite Indiana K-12 students to enter the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art Contest.  A complete set of rules, instructions, required entry forms and additional contest information are available visiting ElectricConsumer.org/?p=5327. The entry... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: electric cooperatives, cooperatives, Electric Consumer, Indiana, calendar
Nov 11, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

For a while now, there’s been a growing interest in what’s called “community wealth-building”. That means strengthening locally-rooted  and locally- held businesses and investing vehicles, with worker cooperatives, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and impact investors... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: community wealthy building, CDFIs, worker cooperatives, cooperatives

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