U.S. Rep. Pocan promotes awareness and benefits of cooperatives at visits to local businesses

[During visits to co-ops in his district this week, Rep. Mark Pocan raised awareness of the benefits of the cooperative business model. Here, he speaks at the January 2016 launch of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus.][During visits to co-ops in his district this week, Rep. Mark Pocan raised awareness of the benefits of the cooperative business model. Here, he speaks at the January 2016 launch of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus.]U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chair of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus along with Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), released the following statement after visiting several local cooperative businesses to promote the benefits of this business model and raise awareness of the caucus. Pocan represents Wisconsin's Dane County, which is home to 80 cooperatives—the highest number of co-ops per capita of any county in the country.

"Cooperatives not only create good paying jobs, they also give employees and local communities an opportunity to be directly involved in business decisions," Rep. Pocan said. "I'm proud that my district is home to many thriving cooperatives such as the ones I visited today. Earlier this year, I launched the bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus with Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) to help policymakers enact co-op friendly legislation. By highlighting successful co-ops in my district and through my work with the Co-op Caucus, we can promote greater awareness of the cooperatives business model."

Cooperatives can be found in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy, from affordable housing to quality-sourced food, greater access to electricity, banking and credit needs, and for early childhood learning. Dane County, home to 80 cooperatives, has the highest number of co-ops per capita of any county in the U.S.

To learn more about the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, visit ncba.coop/coopcaucus.  

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