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Mar 19, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

A  recent article in the Missoulian provides details about how a bill authorized by 2011 Montana Legislature authorizing inter-district co-ops as part of its major school funding bill is makinjg positive changes for school employees.  From a 70 percent premium increase just a year ago, employees are facing almost no increases this year. Groups of small school districts that have... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: premiums, montana, health insurance, increases, employees, school
Mar 16, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In her March 12, 2012, blog post, Maria Mill, NFU Director of Education writes, "This year people around the world are celebrating a business model that puts people first. In a world where the majority of businesses put profit first, this model is being called innovative. For Farmers Union, we call it history. Read her full post at http://www.nfu.org/... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: cooperatives, farmers, Farmers Union, history, business
Mar 14, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The National Worker Cooperative Conference is scheduled for June 22-24 in Boston, MA. Congressman Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania, the sponsor of the National Cooperative Development Act, will give the keynote address at the fourth national worker cooperative conference. For more information, visit their website http://conference2012.usworker.coop/... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: worker cooperative, national, conference
Mar 14, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Cabot Creamery Cooprative reporats that "During a special awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on March 7 - the eve of National Agriculture Day - the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® announced the winners of the inaugural U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards, a program to recognize dairy farms, dairy companies and collaborative partnerships for efforts that advance the sustainability of the... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Blue Spruce, farm, dairy, sustainability, national award
Mar 14, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Just in the nick o'time for St. Paddy's Day, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, in partnership with Green Education Foundation (GEF), has developed The Wonder Wheel! Food for Healthy Kids and a Healthy World, a three-part lesson plan for middle school students that focuses on health, community and sustainability. Through the program, students explore what makes food healthy for them, their community... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Cabot Creamery, co-op, education, students, healthy, eating
Mar 13, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Congratulations! to Francis Murphy, general manager of Neighborhood Co-op Grocery in Carbondale, who has has been named Cooperative Manager of the Year by the Illinois

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Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: general manager, cooperative, Illinois, cooperative council, grocery, co-op
Mar 12, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

We wrapped up the 2012 Up and Coming Up and Running Start-up Food Co-op Conference on Saturday.  We had a great three days with co-ops from twelve states (as far aways as Alaska to the north and Mississippi to the south).  Thanks to our wonderful speakers including Stuart Reid and Jake Schlachter from Food Co-op Initiative; Bill Gessner, Mel Braverman, Mark Mulcahy, Art Sherwood and Ben Sandel... Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking, Technical Assistance Tags: start-up, food co-op, cooperatives, states, attendees, consultants
Mar 10, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Reynard, a Justmeans staff writer for Sustainable Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility has written a great article using famous Beatles tunes to demonstrate principles of the co-op business model.  Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/79m56gh. Read more >

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops, Networking Tags: social, power, cooperatives, somebody, international year of the co-op, Beatles, revolution, Rochdale pioneers
Mar 6, 2012
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Writer and radio commentator Jim Hightower has an op-ed piece about cooperatives in Truthout.org, a nonprofit independent news and commentary organization. He states "Cooperatives can (and do) provide a deeply democratic, locally controlled, highly productive, efficient percolate up capitalism. Co-ops are wholly in step with the values, character, spirit and history of the American people." ... Read more >

Topics: Networking Tags: co-ops, cooperatives, op-ed, corporations, values, character, American, democratic

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