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Thursday, September 24 • 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Rebuild Your Community Co-operatively!

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Co-operative enterprise has been part of the American economy since its beginnings, and has played a particularly important role in our rural communities.  Today, 1 in 3 people in the U.S. being co-op members and we are seeing this business model used in new and innovative ways.  Co-ops enable people to work together to meet their needs and aspirations, providing themselves with everything from farm supplies to groceries, good jobs to financial services, and shelter to electricity.  Learn how the co-operative model is being used to help small towns provide access to fresh food when the last grocery store has left the area; or how co-ops in the South help Black farmers hold on to their farms and empower their communities; or how retiring business owners are using co-ops to transition to shared ownership with their employees and communities, retaining jobs and infrastructure; or enabling residents of manufactured housing to own their neighborhoods, together.  Co-operatives are member-owned and democratically-governed, offering a business model that is more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient.  As we work to rebuild our communities in the wake of COVID-19, let’s rebuild co-operatively.  

Speakers
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Erbin Crowell

Executive Director, Neighboring Food Co-op Association
Erbin Crowell is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association, CLUSA International, and serves as Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA), a co-operative federation of 40 food co-ops and start-up initiatives... Read More →

Panelists
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Carl Woodruff

Founder, Co-Owner, and Manager, Oxbow Design Build Cooperative
Carl is a founder, co-owner, and manager at Oxbow Design Build Cooperative. In addition to project management, he is responsible for human resources, administrative systems development, and finances. First incorporated as an LLC in 2015, the founders of Oxbow Design Build had an early... Read More →
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Lori Capouch

Rural Development Director, North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives
Lori Capouch is a development professional who leads rural people through the grassroots development process, empowering them to create the businesses they desire in their communities. She is the rural development director for the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives... Read More →
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Paul Bradley

President, ROC USA, LLC
Paul Bradley is the founding president of ROC USA, LLC, a nonprofit social venture that makes resident ownership of manufactured (“mobile”) home communities viable and successful nationwide.  ROC USA® operates through a Network of ten nonprofit technical assistance providers... Read More →
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Rob Brown

Program Director, Cooperative Development Institute
Rob Brown is the Director of Business Ownership Solutions (BOS), a program of the Cooperative Development Institute that promotes employee ownership and works with business owners and their employees to facilitate conversions. He was part of the advisory group that successfully converted... Read More →
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Terence Courtney

Director of Cooperative Development & Strategic Initiatives, Federation of Southern Cooperatives
Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Terence has been an advocate for equity for more than twenty years. He began this work with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where he brought together African American, Latino, and Asian workers to improve wages and working conditions... Read More →


Thursday September 24, 2020 2:00pm - 3:45pm EDT
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