By Guy GregoryMCDC Communications Specialist Last year, the Montana Cooperative Development Center established a training support network for general managers of start-up and fledgling grocery cooperatives across north central Montana. Called the “Rural Grocery Co-op Managers’ Network”, the group is supported by a generous, $16,500 grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), based […]

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 that survey: Economic Impact of a Sample of Montana Cooperatives October 31, 2018  By  George W. […]

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 of these well-established Montana credit unions brings to 85 the number of member cooperatives from all industry sectors. […]

“Co-ops Transforming Rural Communities” Theme Explored at 2018 Montana Cooperative Summit

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The 2018 Montana Cooperative Summit brought together leaders from across the state to discuss how cooperatives make a difference to the economies of rural Montana communities.   The third annual Summit drew more than 60 people to the two-day event that featured Keynote Speaker Cortney Angeley of Filene Research Institute, […]

New Members Join The Council in 2018

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist Membership continues to grow in the Montana Council of Cooperatives. Three new cooperatives have joined the council since the beginning of 2018.  New members are Crucible (Belgrade), Equity Co-op Association (Malta), and Farmers Union Oil Company (Circle). Crucible is the newest worker-owned cooperative in Montana.  Four craftsmen approached the […]

Malesich re-elected to the CHS Board

MCOC Board Member Ed Malesich was re-elected to the CHS Board at their annual meeting in Minneapolis. He was elected by all Region 2 delegates from Montana and Wyoming. Malesich is one of 17 directors representing CHS member-owners, who include CHS Big Sky and Mountain View Co-op.

New Council Members in 2017

By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist The Montana Council of Cooperatives is pleased to have welcomed 11 new members to its ranks over the past year.   Cooperatives that have joined the Council since last October are:  Farmers Union Oil Company (Circle), Fresh Start (Geraldine), Loyal to Local Cooperative (Hamilton), Northeast Montana STAT Air Ambulance Cooperative […]

New Co-ops Honored at MCDC Co-op Month Celebration

Pictured from left to right:  USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Program Director Brent Donnelly, MCDC Board Member Erik Somerfeld, MCDC Vice President Ryan Hall, MCDC President Greg Jergeson, USDA-RD Acting State Director Janelle Gustafson, MCDC Executive Director Janice Brown, MCDC Board Members Paul Tuss and Ranel Smith. By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist “Cooperatives Commit” is […]


By Guy Gregory MCDC Communications Specialist “Montana Co-ops 101: Introduction & History” won third place at the 2017 Cooperative Communicators Association awards competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The video documentary, jointly sponsored by the Montana Council of Cooperatives (MCOC) and the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) is the first in a series that is available […]


The 2016 Economic Impact Report is now available to view and download. Click here to read more about the impact Montana’s cooperatives have recently had on the state’s economy.