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December 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 deadline is March 18, 2016. 

For details go to http://www.wbiw.com/local/archive/2015/12/electric-cooperatives-host-student-art-contest.php.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: electric cooperatives, cooperatives, Electric Consumer, Indiana, calendar Comments: [comment_count]
November 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 as some of the leading practitioners.

Read more about these efforts at http://www.forbes.com/sites/annefield/2015/11/10/more-cities-get-serious-about-community-wealth-building/.

Topics: Networking Tags: community wealthy building, CDFIs, worker cooperatives, cooperatives Comments: [comment_count]
November 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 organization that provides low-interest loans and technical support to cooperatives. The Working World gave him and four others the start-up money. They used it to start a construction cooperative called Roca Mia. When Roca Mia repays its loans, the interest will go into a fund that will be reinvested in three more co-ops already in development in the Rockaways. The co-op will put its debt to work for the local community.

Read more about this innovative financing model of cooperatives at http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33483-creative-finance-launched-worker-owned-co-ops-in-post-sandy-new-york.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Hurricane Sandy, Far Rockaway, Queens, The Working World Comments: [comment_count]
November 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 organization that provides low-interest loans and technical support to cooperatives. The Working World gave him and four others the start-up money. They used it to start a construction cooperative called Roca Mia. When Roca Mia repays its loans, the interest will go into a fund that will be reinvested in three more co-ops already in development in the Rockaways. The co-op will put its debt to work for the local community.

Read more about this innovative financing model of cooperatives at http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/33483-creative-finance-launched-worker-owned-co-ops-in-post-sandy-new-york.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Hurricane Sandy, Far Rockaway, Queens, The Working World Comments: [comment_count]
October 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 key opportunity to reflect on the legacy of cooperative impact and celebrate the many ways co-ops are building better businesses, better communities and, ultimately, a better world. 

 

Topics: Networking Tags: co-op month, cooperatives Comments: [comment_count]

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