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Jun 14, 2018
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

CoTech is a network of 30 UK tech businesses that have embraced the co-op model, working on principles of autonomy, equality and democratic control. The 30 tech businesses united under the CoTech banner, range from filmmakers to programmers; they collectively employ more than 250 staff and have revenues of over £10.2 million. The idea is fast gaining traction, as some tech workers fall out of love with a startup culture focused on growing companies as fast as possible to attract maximum investment. “We want to grow as slow as possible and build a company that’s here for the long term,” says Chris Lowis, a developer with software co-operative Go Free Range. Click here to read more. 

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: tech, start-ups, cooperative, principles, UK, tech business Comments: [comment_count]
Jun 12, 2018
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

In 2009, three Ohio-based farm cooperatives planted the seed of a concept: work “cooperatively” to raise $50,000 for breast cancer research. Two additional cooperatives and a fleet of pink propane tankers later, “Fueling the Cure” has surpassed the $1 million mark. And it has no plans of stopping. Today, “Fueling the Cure” is a collaboration between four Ohio and one Indiana-based cooperatives: Heritage, United Landmark, Sunrise, Centerra and Premier-Ag. Proceeds go directly into the “Cooperatives for the Cure of Cancer” endowment fund established by the cooperatives in 2011 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

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May 23, 2018
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Congratulations to the 2018 inductees: Paul Bradley, Marilyn Scholl, Rosemary Mahoney and Rudy Hanley. Thank you for your leadership, courage, and commitment to cooperatives.

Read more at http://heroes.coop/​.

Topics: Networking Tags: Hall of Fame, cooperatives, cooperative heroes Comments: [comment_count]
Apr 25, 2018
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Thanks to everyone who helped make Up & Coming 2018 a huge success - attendees, speakers, partners, Outpost Natural Foods and our sponsors.

In the Co-op Lab, some 278 aspiring co-op scientists explored proven theories and boldly experiemented with new ideas. Over two and a half days, we tested those new ideas, collected tons of data, made some new friends and had a lot of fun.

Take a look at our gallery for a bird's eye view of the learning, networking and fun that took place at Up & Coming.

 

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Apr 25, 2018
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

The most recent annual employment figures show that metropolitan America is adding jobs at a faster rate than rural America. Nonmetropolitan America still doesn't have as many jobs as it did before the recession, annual figures show.

New annual job numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirm that the effects of the Great Recession went deeper and have lasted longer in rural America than they did in the rest of the nation.

The 2017 annual jobs report shows that rural counties (defined as nonmetropolitan) still haven’t gotten back to levels of employment they saw in 2008 at the beginning of the recession.

Rural counties had 750,000 fewer jobs in 2017 than they did in 2008. That’s a drop of 3.5% over the nine-year period.

Click here to read more.

 

 

 

Topics: Technical Assistance Tags: rural jobs, rural, rural America, urban, jobs Comments: [comment_count]

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