Friday, 9 December 2016



The Council will hold its 57th Annual Meeting in Helena on January 9 – 10, 2017.  This year’s annual meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 9th and conclude on Tuesday, January 10th with the traditional Legislative Dinner/Dance.  Click on the photo for registration, hotel reservations and program…


Montana Grocery Co-op in National Spotlight

In October, Turner’s Shannon Van Voast was in our nation’s capital to tell the story of the little grocery cooperative that she, along with the help of her community, established in their tiny Montana farming town. Big Flat Grocery is the only food store in Turner, which is located in…


Cooperatives honored at Co-op Month Event

“Cooperatives Build” was the theme of this year’s National Co-op Month. In keeping with that theme, MCDC held a celebration on October 20 to honor co-ops and how they help to build successful businesses that both serve their communities and members throughout Montana. USDA Rural Development State Director John Walsh…


Housing Co-op Pilot Projects Prepare to Launch

Housing leaders from across Montana and Idaho gathered at Fairmont Hot Springs in mid-September to learn how housing cooperatives could provide a new type of home ownership in rural communities. The workshop was sponsored by the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) in partnership with NeighborWorks Montana as the initial training…


Co-op Nite Sets Records

UPDATE: The 11th Annual Co-op Nite at the Ball Park set a record for attendance.  According to Great Falls Voyagers’ General Manager, Scott Reasoner, 2,494 baseball fans came to watch the Voyagers take on the Missoula Osprey at Centene Stadium on August 27.  Reasoner also reports that Co-op Nite was…


Seven pilot projects selected to advance rural housing co-ops

Rural residents in Montana and neighboring states are in need of a broader array of housing options to address affordability concerns, rental shortages, the need for local senior housing, and a lack of entry-level opportunities for young people to build equity.  Housing cooperatives may address these needs given their inherent…

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New members join the MCDC Team

Over the past two months MCDC has welcomed three new directors to its Board of Directors and teamed up with two new Cooperative Development Specialists from across Montana. The Montana Credit Union Network (MCUN) has appointed Relationship Manager Ranel Smith to represent the association on the MCDC Board.  A Certified…


Determining the economic impact of Montana’s co-ops

The Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) and the Montana Council of Cooperatives are jointly sponsoring the third biennial study of the economic impact cooperatives have on Montana’s economy.  This month, one-page survey forms were mailed out to all cooperatives in the state. Farm supply stores, telecommunication co-ops, and most other…


Small towns try co-ops to keep essential businesses

By Peter Johnson I Great Falls Tribune  Many businesses in small towns are struggling because of static or declining population and the increasing tendency of area residents to shop elsewhere. To read more, click here 


Pulling rural towns together to save businesses

By Peter Johnson I Great Falls Tribune The Montana Cooperative Development Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help small towns meet their economic needs by pulling community members together to launch, own and support groceries, stores and other enterprises that may not be attractive for private businesses….