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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…

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…

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 customers and why Nemont donates its time and money in supporting many community and…

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 that will help orient members, directors, and employees of both…

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 sectors met to discuss unique challenges facing Montana’s smallest rural communities.  Summit attendees focused…

Upcoming Events

    MCDC Back to Basics Cooperative Summit February 27 – March 1, 2017 Fairmont Hot Springs Resort & Conference Center