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 of Cooperative Development Specialists, members of...
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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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Back to Basics Summit: Leaders explore how co-ops can meet the needs of rural Montana

Back to Basics Summit: Leaders explore how co-ops can meet the needs of rural Montana

The Montana Council of Cooperatives was a major sponsor of the Montana Cooperative Development Center’s first-ever “Back to Basics” Cooperative Summit March 29-31, 2016, at Fairmont Hot Springs.  Leaders from the affordable housing and local foods s...
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Council Sets Goals for 2016

Council Sets Goals for 2016

For more than five decades the Montana Council of Cooperatives has been promoting cooperative principles and educating policy makers and the public about the benefits of cooperative enterprises.  In planning for 2016, the Council Board engaged those members a...
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56th Annual Meeting Recap

56th Annual Meeting Recap

The 56th annual meeting of the Montana Council of Cooperatives was convened January 20-21, 2016, in Great Falls since it was a non-legislative year.  Special thanks go to the following generous sponsors of this annual membership event: CHS, Inc. Flathead...
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