NCBA CLUSA is excited to announce and thank our latest group of partners who will exhibit at or support the 2018 Co-op Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on October 6 and 7 ranging from America’s Electric Cooperatives to Flooring America to REI Co-op’s Washington, DC flagship store.
Partnering with us for the first time at the premier level is America’s Electric Cooperatives, representing more than 900 local electric co-ops the U.S. and impacting 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landmass. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric co-ops have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.
At this year’s festival, America’s Electric Cooperatives will focus on education around energy efficiency and power safety.
- Carpet One Floor & Home With more than 1,000 independently-owned stores worldwide, Carpet One is the largest buyer of floor covering in North America, allowing the cooperative to negotiate great prices and ultimately pass those savings on to its customers.
- The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC that promotes and develops cooperatives to improve economic opportunities for all. CDF is a thought leader in the use of cooperatives to create resilient communities, including the housing and care needs of seniors. Through its funds, fiscal sponsorships and fundraising, CDF provides grants and loans that foster cooperative development domestically and abroad.
- Cooperative Finance Corporation Created and owned by America’s electric cooperative network, CFC—a nonprofit finance cooperative with more than $25 billion in assets—provides industry expertise, flexibility and responsiveness to serve the needs of its nearly 1,000 member-owners across 48 states.
- Cooperatives for a Better World is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to spread the benefits of the cooperative business model. CBW is a network of cooperative leaders and influencers from difference economic sectors who come together to amplify their cooperative identity.
- Environmental and Energy Study Institute An independent, nonprofit organization advancing innovative policy solutions to set the United States on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute educates policymakers, builds coalitions and develops policy in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable biomass, sustainable buildings and sustainable transportation.
- Farmer-to-Farmer NCBA CLUSA’s USAID-sponsored Farmer-to-Farmer program sends American farmers and agribusiness professionals on 2-3 week agricultural development assignments, promoting sustainable economic growth and agricultural development worldwide.
- Flooring America is a cooperative of more than 500 independent retailers that work hard to be the most recommended flooring stores in North America. Each store is locally owned and operated—often for generations.
- Lighting One With 300 locations across the U.S. and Canada, this cooperative has a mission to empower entrepreneurs and independent business owners by providing scale, resources, and innovation to create sustainable growth and effective competition in today’s evolving lighting marketplace.
- National Information Solutions Cooperative is an information technology company that develops and supports software and hardware solutions for its member-owners who are primarily utility cooperatives and telecommunications companies across the nation. NISC is an industry leader providing advanced, integrated IT solutions for consumer and subscriber billing, accounting, engineering and operations, and other leading-edge IT solutions.
- REI Co-op’s Washington, DC flagship store is part of the nation’s largest consumer co-op—a growing community of more than 17 million members. REI’s flagship store in the DC Metro area will offer classes on-site at Festival. Stop by and learn the most important camping knots!
- Touchstone Energy By providing the resources of a larger, national network to local electric co-ops, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives utilizes the co-op difference to supply reliable, low-cost power to electric co-op member-owners across the country.
- The U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council brings together organizations committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Its mission is to champion, advocate and promote effective international cooperative development in the areas of income development, food security and democracy building.
Missed the inaugural Co-op Festival? Watch the video or enjoy this photo album featuring some of our favorite moments! We look forward to seeing you October 6 and 7 on the National Mall just outside the Smithsonian Castle.