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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... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: co-op, cooperative, economy, US economy
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! ... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, co-ops, pledge, kindness, prinicple 7, p7
Oct 13, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Indiana Cooperative Development Center and the Mid America Cooperative Council celebrate Co-op Week in Indiana

The Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) and the Mid America Cooperative Council (MACC) are celebrating Cooperative Week, October 15-21, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Cooperatives... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: co-op, cooperatives, Indiana, ICDC, MACC
Oct 11, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

NCB, The National Co-op Bank, recently announced the 2017 NCB Co-op 100 and there were five Indiana Cooperatives on the list: Do-It-Best, Countrymark, Wabash Valley Power Assoc., Co-Alliance and Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Co-op. Congratulations... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, coops, co-op, NCB, National Coop Bank, Coop 100
Sep 20, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives have earned international acclaim for their success in using innovative technology to bring jobs and investment to Kentucky. To better gain attention for communities located primarily in rural Kentucky, the co-ops have developed ground-breaking tools to showcase Kentucky’s resources to industries looking to expand or relocate. Since the beginning of... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: Kentucky, rural, economic development, rural electric
Sep 7, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The Community Controlled Food Initiative (CCFI) is a community run food cooperative started in July 2016. They purchase food directly from local farmers and bring it home to neighbors, family, friends, and anyone who wants good fresh food! They also host a monthly cooking demonstration and community potluck.

WHEN: Every Second Saturday of the month 3-5pm LOCATION: Kheprw Institute -... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: food, co-op, cooperative, Kheprw
Sep 5, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

"Before the storm ever hit, we had co-ops in inside the state and in other states volunteering and wanting to know how they could help to put systems back together so members could have power. It is part of the cooperative spirit,” said NRECA Texas Director Kerry Kelton.  That co-op spirit is embodied in the 6th co-op prinicple - Cooperation Among Cooperatives.  This principle is reflected in... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: power, energy, co-ops, cooperatives, Texas, hurricane
Sep 5, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Colorado’s first senior housing cooperative is preparing to break ground in Fort Collins. The Village Cooperative is a community of active adults who want to escape the hassles of home maintenance and upkeep, but want the investment and tax advantages of home ownership. The cooperative will include 52 spacious homes in one bedroom, two bedroom and two bedroom with den designs built... Read more >

Topics: Success Story Tags: cooperatives, co-op, housing, seniors
Sep 5, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Hundreds of farmers attended a field day hosted by Ceres Solutions Cooperative Aug 23.  The event is a great opportunity to interact with farmers and learn the latest technologies and programs progressive producers will adopt im the coming years to feed and fuel the nation and the world. Ceres Solutions is a partnership of 100 percent farmer owned cooperatives that supply agronomy inputs, seed... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: ag, agriculture, cooperative, co-op, crops
Sep 5, 2017
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Cooperatives are a way for independent business owners to compete against growing corporate consolidation. Ideas for cooperatives often start with a conversation among friends around the kitchen table or while out for dinner.   The Veterinary Cooperative(TVC) was the brain child of a dinner discussion in... Read more >

Topics: Success Story Tags: veterinary, cooperative, coop, animals

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