New members join the MCDC Team

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...
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Determining the economic impact of Montana’s co-ops

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 al...
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Small towns try co-ops to keep essential businesses

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 
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Pulling rural towns together to save businesses

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....
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“Voices of Montana” Radio Show: Co-ops & Co-op Development

“Voices of Montana” Radio Show: Co-ops & Co-op Development

Click on the following audio links to listen to both parts of the show: “Voices of Montana” Radio Show: Co-ops & Co-op Development July 14, 2016 Part I   “Voices of Montana” Radio Show: Co-ops & Co-op Development July 14,.....
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Raising Awareness through New Communications Plan

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 o...
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New Co-ops Opening for Business in Montana

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...
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Community Leaders Working to Develop New Co-ops

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...
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Nemont Telephone Cooperative

Nemont Telephone Cooperative

Nemont Telephone Cooperative Chief Executive Officer Mike Kilgore explains the history of Nemont, how the cooperative has adapted to dramatic changes in technology throughout its 66-year history, what vital telecommunications services the co-op provides to its...
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Council Board agrees to fund production of pilot training video

Council Board agrees to fund production of pilot training video

At its April 14 meeting, the Montana Council of Cooperatives (MCOC) Board of Directors voted to spend $6,000 on the production of an introductory, “Co-ops 101” training video.  This pilot production is envisioned as the first in an educational series...
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