State and Local Ecosystems


COVID-19 has reduced tax revenues and tightened the already challenging financial constraints of city and state budgets. Last Co-op IMPACT, we heard from elected officials supporting cooperative development investments in their communities. This panel will discuss what strategies co-op developers are using to strengthen their communities and discuss how these critical investments promote social and economic mobility through sustainable development.

Moderator: Kate LaTour, Director of Government Relations,

NCBA CLUSA Panelist: Jamila Medley, Executive Director,

Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance Panelist: Tracy McIntyre, Executive Director,

Montana Cooperative Development Center Panelist: Charity Schmidt, Cooperative Development Specialist,

University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives Panelist: Zen Trenholm, Program Manager, Democracy at Work Institute

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