59th Annual Meeting Focuses on Economic Impact of Montana’s Cooperatives

59th Annual Meeting Focuses on Economic Impact of Montana’s Cooperatives

By Guy Gregory, MCDC Communications Specialist The second day of the MCOC 59th Annual Meeting began with a panel of co-op industry leaders briefing members about their respective sectors.   Panel Speakers included Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association Interim CEO Gary Wiens,...
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Council Members Meet in Helena for Their 59th Annual Meeting

Council Members Meet in Helena for Their 59th Annual Meeting

By Guy GregoryMCDC Communications Specialist Fifty-one participants from 25 member cooperatives were represented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Montana Council of Cooperatives, which was held in Helena January 14-15, 2019. Generous sponsors of this year’s...
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Network Connects Rural Grocery Co-op Managers Across Montana

Network Connects Rural Grocery Co-op Managers Across Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Cooperative Development Center has established a training support network for general managers of start-up and fledgling grocery cooperatives across north central Montana. Called the “Rural Grocery Co...
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Bitterroot Valley Group Establishes First Commercial Hemp Cooperative  in Montana

Bitterroot Valley Group Establishes First Commercial Hemp Cooperative in Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Montana’s youngest cooperative – the Bitterroot Hemp Co-op – recently announced the completion of its incorporation process and the election of its first board of directors. The co-op formed rapidly after fil...
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CHS Celebrates 75 Years of Fueling America’s Heartland

CHS Celebrates 75 Years of Fueling America’s Heartland

MCDC/MCOC Executive Director Janice Brown was invited in September to address the audience at CHS Laurel Refinery’s 75th Anniversary.  At that event, Brown emphasized CHS’s positive economic impact on the city of Laurel.  The longstanding traditi...
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Co-ops Continue to Have a Large Impact on Montana’s Economy

Co-ops Continue to Have a Large Impact on Montana’s Economy

In May 2018, an economic impact survey was conducted by MCDC in coordination with Montana State University (MSU). One hundred cooperative firms responded to the survey individually or through their industry associations.  Below is a summary of results from th...
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Cooperatives Make Impact on Youth Across Montana

Cooperatives Make Impact on Youth Across Montana

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Cooperative leaders were welcomed into several Montana schools this fall to engage directly with youth as part of the ongoing Montana Cooperative Impact Project, funded by a CHS Foundation Cooperative Education Gra...
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MCDC Awarded Grant to Host Second Year of Cooperative Impact Weeks

MCDC Awarded Grant to Host Second Year of Cooperative Impact Weeks

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The CHS Foundation has awarded the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) a second $25,000 Cooperative Education Grant, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc.  The grant will help fund another year of the...
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Three Credit Unions Join the Council as New Members

Three Credit Unions Join the Council as New Members

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist We are pleased to announce that Ravalli County Federal Credit Union (Hamilton), Park Side Credit Union (Whitefish), and Missoula Federal Credit Union have joined the Montana Council of Cooperatives.  The addition ...
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Rural Grocery Co-ops Get Down to Business

Rural Grocery Co-ops Get Down to Business

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Interest in forming rural grocery cooperatives is spreading across Montana! Here is an update on the progress of three co-op stores that are making a real difference in their rural communities. The Neihart Store...
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