Sunday, 18 November 2018

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CHS Celebrates 75 Years of Fueling America’s Heartland

MCDC/MCOC Executive Director Janice Brown was invited in September to address the audience at CHS Laurel Refinery’s 75th Anniversary.  At that event, Brown emphasized CHS’s positive economic impact on the city of Laurel.  The longstanding tradition of refining at CHS began in Laurel, Montana, in 1943. Laurel Oil and Refining Company opened in…

Co-ops Continue to Have a Large Impact on Montana’s Economy

In May 2018, an economic impact survey was conducted by MCDC in coordination with Montana State University (MSU). One hundred cooperative firms responded to the survey individually or through their industry associations.  Below is a summary of results from that survey: Economic Impact of a Sample of Montana Cooperatives October…

Cooperatives Make Impact on Youth Across Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Cooperative leaders were welcomed into several Montana schools this fall to engage directly with youth as part of the ongoing Montana Cooperative Impact Project, funded by a CHS Foundation Cooperative Education Grant.  Three separate “Cooperative Impact Weeks” featured interactive activities, career-oriented dialogue and informative…

MCDC Awarded Grant to Host Second Year of Cooperative Impact Weeks

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The CHS Foundation has awarded the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) a second $25,000 Cooperative Education Grant, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc.  The grant will help fund another year of the Montana Cooperative Impact Project, a program administered by MCDC and supported…

Three Credit Unions Join the Council as New Members

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist We are pleased to announce that Ravalli County Federal Credit Union (Hamilton), Park Side Credit Union (Whitefish), and Missoula Federal Credit Union have joined the Montana Council of Cooperatives.  The addition of these well-established Montana credit unions brings to 85 the number of member…

Rural Grocery Co-ops Get Down to Business

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Interest in forming rural grocery cooperatives is spreading across Montana! Here is an update on the progress of three co-op stores that are making a real difference in their rural communities. The Neihart Store Cooperative became the official owner of the “Inconvenience Store” on…

Council Members Meet for 58th Annual Meeting

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Council of Cooperatives 58th Annual Meeting convened in downtown Great Falls January 11-12, 2018. .  The two-day event brought together 31  representatives of16 member cooperatives at the historic Hotel Arvon. The Council’s annual gathering was sponsored by: CHS Inc., CHS BIG SKY,…

New Members Join The Council in 2018

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Membership continues to grow in the Montana Council of Cooperatives. Three new cooperatives have joined the council since the beginning of 2018.  New members are Crucible (Belgrade), Equity Co-op Association (Malta), and Farmers Union Oil Company (Circle). Crucible is the newest worker-owned cooperative in…

MCOC 58th Annual Meeting Photo Gallery

MCOC’s 58th Annual Meeting took place at the Historic Hotel Arvon in Downtown Great Falls on January 11-12, 2018. MCOC President Clarence “Fritz” Keller welcomed Council members to their 58th Annual Meeting. MCDC Executive Director Janice Brown updated MCOC members about the first Montana Cooperative Impact Week.  Co-op leaders reached…