On Friday, August 11 from 2-3:30 pm EDT, the Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development (IAWGCD) will host a meeting on childcare cooperatives. Childcare co-ops are the third topic in a lineup of Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development meetings to take place this summer and fall. Please see all meeting dates, times, links and recordings below.
Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development meetings are kicked off by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development leadership. A panel of private sector representatives then describes the needs of the relevant cooperative sector. A second panel of Federal government representatives follows, discussing how current programs can meet the needs of cooperatives and brainstorming ideas for additional solutions. Each meeting provides an opportunity for robust discussion and participant engagement.
The Interagency Working Group meetings occur as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill mandate that the Agriculture Secretary “chair an interagency working group to foster cooperative development and ensure coordination with federal agencies and… cooperative organizations.” 7 U.S.C. section 1932(e)(12)
Upcoming Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development Meetings
Friday, August 11; 2-3:30 pm EDT
Real Estate Cooperatives
Friday, September 15; 2-3:30 pm EDT
Envisioning an Equitable Cooperative Ecosystem
Friday, October 13; 2-3:30 pm EDT
If you missed the IAWGCD meeting on Housing Cooperatives, a recording of the webinar can be viewed here. A recording of the IAWGCD meeting on Cooperatives in the Food Chain will be uploaded in the coming weeks.