Friday, 22 February 2019

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Network Connects Rural Grocery Co-op Managers Across Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Cooperative Development Center has established a training support network for general managers of start-up and fledgling grocery cooperatives across north central Montana. Called the “Rural Grocery Co-op Managers’ Network”, the group is supported by a generous, $16,500 grant from the Catholic Campaign…

Bitterroot Valley Group Establishes First Commercial Hemp Cooperative in Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Montana’s youngest cooperative – the Bitterroot Hemp Co-op – recently announced the completion of its incorporation process and the election of its first board of directors. The co-op formed rapidly after filing its “intent to incorporate” in November as there has been significant interest…

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,…