The Impact of Montana’s Cooperatives: Co-op Leaders to Raise Awareness Among Youth

Above Photo: The community program guide cover for the upcoming Montana Cooperative Impact Week in Park, Meagher, and Sweet Grass Counties. Photo of Crazy Mountains courtesy of Loretta Hurley. Photo of Downtown Big Timber courtesy of Christine Bakke Photography.

By Guy Gregory
MCDC Communications Specialist

Several members of the Montana Council of Cooperatives (MCOC) will be supporting the next round of Montana Cooperative Impact Weeks scheduled this fall. These co-op leaders are joining the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC), the CHS Foundation and Montana Farmers Union in sponsoring special events designed to raise awareness among youth and community members about the positive economic impact of cooperatives.

Educational activities are planned in three separate regions including Park, Meagher, and Sweet Grass counties (September 10-12), the Beartooth Region (September 24-26), and Northwest Montana (October 23-25). At these events, young people will learn about the career opportunities available with co-ops in their local communities. Open houses held at credit unions and chambers of commerce will demonstrate to the public how the co-op business model can advance rural economic development through formation of worker, grocery, housing, and rural investment co-ops.

For more information on this Fall’s Co-op Impact Weeks and to download a complete schedule and community program guide, visit the Montana Cooperative Impact Week page on the MCDC website at: .

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