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Montana Cooperative Summit 2018 - 3/07-8 - Fairmont Hot Springs

February 22, 2018View for printing

The third annual Montana Cooperative Summit takes place at Fairmont Hot Springs from March 7 - 8, 2018. This year's event brings together co-op leaders from various business sectors to discuss the impact of cooperatives in transforming the economies of rural communities. The Montana Cooperative Development Center is once again collaborating with the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center (a division of Lake County Community Development Corporation) to co-host the two-day event.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort Conference Center starting at 12:00 Noon

Contact: (406) 727-1517

Cortney Angeley, Impact Director of the Filene Research Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, will deliver the Summit's keynote address on Wednesday afternoon, March 7.

Following Angeley's presentation, participants will hear from leaders of Montana's youngest co-ops that have incorporated in the past five years. They will discuss lessons learned in forming their respective cooperative businesses. Charles Robison, State Director of USDA Rural Development, will address attendees on Wednesday evening.

On Thursday, Summit participants can choose to attend one of three concurrent interactive sessions.

"Transforming Montana's Food Systems" will focus on the challenges of developing food hubs and the role agriculture co-ops could play in this endeavor.

"Unleashing Local Capital" will be an interactive session to discuss creating rural investment cooperatives, a new type of co-op association that will allow members to invest in local economic development.

"Montana's Rural Renaissance" will feature presentations and discussions about how housing cooperatives could help provide more quality housing in areas that lack affordable options.

The second part of this session will highlight emerging worker-owned cooperatives, including a look at the newest one in Montana. Session speakers and panelists include, in alphabetical order:

* Paul Herendeen, Director of Impact Market Development, Missoula Federal Credit Union in Missoula, Montana

* Dan Hobbs, Cooperative Development Specialist with Rocky Mountain Farmers Union in Denver, Colorado

* Tyson Holland, Board President, Crucible in Belgrade, Montana

* Tracie Kenyon, CEO, Montana's Credit Unions in Helena, Montana

* Margaret Lund, Principal, Co-opera Co. in Minneapolis, Minnesota

* Ricardo Nunez, Director of Economic Democracy, Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland California

* Paul Travitz, Executive Director, Ravalli County Council on Aging and Riverside Crossing Adult Cottage Cooperative in Hamilton, Montana.

The Summit concludes on Thursday afternoon with participants engaging in regional dialogues for different parts of Montana. These cross sector conversations will identify ways cooperative businesses can work together toward building stronger economies throughout the state.

In addition to the host organizations, the Montana Cooperative Summit is sponsored by the Montana Cooperative Education Fund, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Electric Cooperatives' Association, Southwest Montana Community Federal Credit Union, and Triangle Communications. For more information on the Summit and Back to Basics Pre-Summit Workshops.

For additional information, please visit the Montana Cooperative Summit webpage at: http://mcdc.coop/montana-cooperative-summit-2018/
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