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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
Nov 3, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In November of 2012, a month after Hurricane Sandy hit Far Rockaway, a neighborhood in Queens, New York, 10,000 residents were still living without power. Henry Lezama, a construction worker and Far Rockaway resident of 14 years took his family to a local church where others had gathered for aid and shelter. That's where he met organizers from Occupy Sandy and The Working World, an... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Hurricane Sandy, Far Rockaway, Queens, The Working World
Nov 3, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In November of 2012, a month after Hurricane Sandy hit Far Rockaway, a neighborhood in Queens, New York, 10,000 residents were still living without power. Henry Lezama, a construction worker and Far Rockaway resident of 14 years took his family to a local church where others had gathered for aid and shelter. That's where he met organizers from Occupy Sandy and The Working World, an... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Hurricane Sandy, Far Rockaway, Queens, The Working World
Oct 20, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

October is Co-op Month.  During the month we celebrate all the ways co-ops build a better world—through equality, through ownership and by investing in people and their communities. 

Since 1930, co-ops across the United States have convened every October to celebrate the cooperative movement's history and economic impact on communities nationwide. The annual awareness month provides a... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: co-op month, cooperatives
Oct 20, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

October is Co-op Month.  During the month we celebrate all the ways co-ops build a better world—through equality, through ownership and by investing in people and their communities. 

Since 1930, co-ops across the United States have convened every October to celebrate the cooperative movement's history and economic impact on communities nationwide. The annual awareness month provides a... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: co-op month, cooperatives
Oct 15, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In 2011, staff from the Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) in Minneapolis met with about 30 residents of Long Prairie, Minn., to discuss starting a farmer cooperative that would improve their income and promote economic development. After meetings throughout that winter, the cooperative became a legal entity in April 2012. The eight original members each contributed $250 to start the... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: LEDC, Long Prairie MN, cooperatives, farmers
Oct 14, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Two organizations -the Federation of Southern Cooperatives headquartered in Georgia and the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras - have been selected to receive the 7th annual Food Sovereignty Prize this year in an event that will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Des Moines, Iowa. The Food Sovereignty Prize, awarded by the... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: cooperatives, Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Food Sovereignty Prize
Oct 5, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The student-run branch of Corning Credit Union opened for its eighth year Sept. 29 at BOCES Bush campus. Its success serving students and staff will give birth to a second student-run branch this month at Elmira High School. About 20 credit unions run a total of about 50 student-run credit union branches in New York schools, said Ronald McLean, chief marketing officer for the New York Credit... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: credit unions, students, New York Credit Union Association

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