Maine Policy Review features article on fostering a more cooperative economy

A lobsterman with Stonington Lobster Co-op unloads his catch. Stonington is one of 20 lobster co-ops along the coast of Maine, each a central piece of social and economic infrastructure in their community. [photo courtesy Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown]A lobsterman with Stonington Lobster Co-op unloads his catch. Stonington is one of 20 lobster co-ops along the coast of Maine, each a central piece of social and economic infrastructure in their community. [photo courtesy Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown]A lobsterman with Stonington Lobster Co-op unloads his catch. Stonington is one of 20 lobster co-ops along the coast of Maine, each a central piece of social and economic infrastructure in their community. [photo courtesy Bangor Daily News/Bridget Brown]The Maine Policy Review, published by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, plays a significant role in shaping the direction of Maine state policy debates, making a recent peer-reviewed feature article on fostering a more cooperative economy a milestone in advancing co-op development in the state.

Written by Davis Taylor, a Maine economist and board member of the Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), and Rob Brown, director of Business Ownership Solutions at CDI, the article pitches co-op strategies for affordable housing, food system development and the employee ownership conversion opportunities. "Owning Maine’s Future: Fostering a Cooperative Economy in Maine" is based on a project called Cooperatives Build a Better Maine, also by Taylor and Brown.

Brown, who introduced Rep. Chellie Pingree at the legislative breakfast during NCBA CLUSA’s recent Co-op IMPACT Conference, said co-op development thrives under her representation. Pingree, he said, has “built a reputation as a tireless champion for a robust and resilient Maine economy.”

Read Brown and Taylor’s article on fostering a cooperative economy in Maine here: http://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1758&context=mpr


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