Cooperatives honored at Co-op  Month Event

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...
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Housing Co-op Pilot Projects Prepare to Launch

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...
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Co-op Nite Sets Records

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...
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Seven pilot projects selected to advance rural housing co-ops

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...
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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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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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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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