Saturday, 22 October 2016


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….


Raising Awareness through New Communications Plan

Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) “is not sufficiently familiar to its bedrock stakeholders” according to a recently completed evaluation by Montana State University (MSU).  MSU evaluators surveyed three groups of stakeholders: the MCDC team of Cooperative Development Specialists, members of the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) and existing co-op businesses…


New Co-ops Opening for Business in Montana

Whether you are more familiar with the Yellowstone Valley or the Bitterroot, it is time to welcome two new co-ops that soon will open their doors for business in Montana. This House of Books, the new Billings bookstore cooperative, is in the process of filling its shelves with a collection…

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Community Leaders Working to Develop New Co-ops

While many small towns in rural Montana are in decline – losing population, merging farms and schools, and closing Main Street businesses – not all are giving up or giving in. Today three communities within 75 miles of Great Falls are looking to the cooperative business model as a proven…