Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., - October 26, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 36 organizations in 26 states and the District of Columbia for grants to help rural cooperatives and small businesses expand, create jobs and strengthen their capacity to serve rural citizens and communities.
Vilsack said, "As we celebrate National Cooperative Month, USDA is proud to continue its support of local and regional efforts to bolster these cooperatives and help them bring increased value and economic opportunity to rural residents."
Cooperative Development Institute: $225,000 to build a cooperative economy in New England and New York by creating and developing cooperative enterprises and networks in the northeast region of the country.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Northampton, MA– The third annual Together on the Land Tour visited blighted urban properties being rehabilitated by the Holyoke Community Land Trust, a resident owned manufactured housing park in Ware, a successful co-housing development in Northampton, an organic farm in Granby tackling long-term farm affordability and green community-built housing in Amherst.
Cooperative Development Institute, Co-op Power, Equity Trust,
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust & Valley Community Land Trust
2011 Media Sponsor: The Valley Advocate
2011 Special Thanks to Collective Copies and River Valley Market for their in-kind donations
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
For nearly a year, cooperative business owners and developers have been working to develop awonderful piece of legislation that will support the growth of cooperative businesses in underserved communities throughout the country. For months, many of you have been hearing about this, but recently we've been particularly quiet. That's because we've been hard at work, behind the scenes, preparing to grow our campaign to fully support the legislation when it is introduced.
I'm happy to announce today that our campaign has a home!
our campaign has a name!
Campaign for Cooperation
and our legislation has a name!
National Cooperative Development Act of 2011
We need your support. We could spend our days calling the offices of al Members of Congress, telling them about this terrific piece of legislation, but it wouldn't be very effective. Members of Congress are not interested in hearing what people outside their districts think they should support. They want to hear from their constituents, which is YOU!
The Campaign for Cooperation will work with you and help you spread the word about the National Cooperative Development Act, and to help you talk to your Representatives about how wonderful co-ops are, and how this legislation will benefit their constituents.
We expect Rep. Fattah to introduce the National Cooperative Development Act this Fall, and the cooperative community needs to be ready to support it from day 1. We will let you know as soon as the legislation is available. While we wait for its introduction, there are a couple things you can do to help.
- Share campaign.coop with your community of co-op supporters
- Contribute to the campaign at our website (any amount helps!) - this helps us spread the word about the legislation throughout the country.
- Meet with your Member of Congress or their staff to talk to them about your co-ops, and that theNational Cooperative Development Act is coming soon, and you want them to be a co-sponsor.
You can read an interview with Rep. Fattah about the National Cooperative Development Act HERE
Thank you for your continued support!
Advocacy Coordinator - Campaign for Cooperation
Monday, October 3, 2011
Position: Maine Loan and Outreach Officer
Part Time (1-2 days a week)
Reports to: Executive Director
Position Description: The Loan and Outreach Officer will be chiefly responsible for coordinating and executing all efforts to represent CFNE in Maine. The individual will be responsible for identifying and attracting borrowers, investors, and funders to CFNE. The person will represent CFNE at events and conferences, visit current borrowers, and cultivate relationships with cooperatives, worker-owned businesses, nonprofits in the market area. The individual will also work with the Executive Director (ED) to shape the direction of the organization and support the ED in organization-wide strategic planning.
- identifying borrowers and following up on loan inquiries
- visiting prospective borrowers
- preparing site visit reports and distributing them to Loan Committee members
- visiting current borrowers to check on progress and to maintain communications
- providing technical assistance to or identifying technical assistance needs of current and prospective borrowers
- meeting with financial partners, banks, loan fund officers to package loans
- assisting in the development and implementation of a marketing plan to obtain borrowers
- attending conferences, meetings to represent CFNE
- speaking to individuals and groups about CFNE
- attending all Board of Trustee meetings
- College degree and a minimum three to five years lending experience
- Experience in the community economic development or financial services fields a plus.
- Commitment to social justice mission and to working as part of a diverse organization
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Excellent organizational, time management and interpersonal skills required
- Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate organizational budgets and financial statements
- Ability to work well as part of a team and within a diverse group of people and settings
- Ability to act and react quickly to urgent, unplanned opportunities or needs
- Ability to initiate and juggle multiple projects and work independently
- Regular use of telephone, cell phone and personal computer.
- Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, the Internet and associated programs.
Please email your resume and salary requirements to Rebecca Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cooperative Maine is publishing op-eds and releasing an update to its directory, Stronger Together. See maine.find.coop for a preview.
The Neighboring Food Co-op Association is encouraging everyone to join their local food co-op and credit union and shop for co-op products.
Northeast CT co-ops are sponsoring a benefit concert to raise development funds for a group of nascent cooperatives in the region.
Cooperative Development Institute has published an article on converting enterprises to co-ops in Rural Cooperatives magazine (see PDF doc, page 30-31), featuring the Old Creamery Co-op, as well as Crown O'Maine Organic Co-op, Turtle Ridge Cooperative, Maine Organic Milling, and the ROC-USA program.
We are also participating in preparations for the launch of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 at the United Nations in NYC at the end of October. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for co-ops to increase awareness, promote growth, and advocate for appropriate government policies. Start making your plans!