2014 Annual Cooperative Conference

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NCBA CLUSA‘s Annual Cooperative Conference is set to be a great cooperative event this year. We look forward to fostering a sense of community among our members, who gather at this event each year to explore, debate, challenge and share — in essence, to learn from one another. We have a great slate of speakers and interactive activities planned. Join us in Minneapolis on September 9-11.

 

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

NCBA CLUSA‘s Annual Cooperatives Conference is set to be a great cooperative event this year. We look forward to fostering a sense of community among our members, who gather at this event each year to explore, debate, challenge and share — in essence, to learn from one another.

 

This year's theme, "Building a Cooperative Future," has guided us as we developed programming and selection of experts in their fields. We have an outstanding lineup of speakers and interactive activities planned. You'll gain up to date information that will arm you with new tools and knowledge to address the challenges you face, and at the same time enhance your business efficiencies and acumen. Join us in Minneapolis on September 9–11. 

 

AGENDA

Tuesday, September 9

 

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Registration open

Exhibit Hall open

Keynote Session: "The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade" 

Presenter: Dame Pauline Green, President, International Cooperative Alliance. Dame Green will address a joint session of the Annual Cooperative Conference and Purchasing Cooperatives Conference. Her session is certain to inspire all cooperative leaders as she challenges us to achieve recognition for the cooperative model of business within global institutions so that the movement can continue to grow and expand in the coming decades. 

Dame Green is the first woman president of the International Co-operative Alliance in its 116-year history. Elected in 2009 at the General Assembly, Green argued that the time is right for radical change in the priorities of the ICA and called on members to rally to help her achieve the sort of global body that the size and reach of the movement deserves.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. 

Annual Business Meeting of NCBA CLUSA

Get an update on NCBA CLUSA's activities in 2014 and learn about the organization's plans for future programs and services. 

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Joint ACC and PCC Reception

Networking with attendees of the 2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference. 

 

Dinner on Your Own

Wednesday, September 10

 

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration open

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall open

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: "Cooperatives and the MBA Curriculum"

Presenter: Jill Bamburg, President, Pinchot University

Bamburg, founder of the Brainbridge Graduate Institute and current president of Pinchot University, will focus on cooperatives as sustainable business models in the economy. She will also address the potential for cooperatives to be more "mainstreamed" into business education curriculum.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – Noon

Panel: "Going Global: Engaging U.S. Cooperatives in Food Security and Nutrition Around the World" 

Moderator: Amy Coughenour, NCBA CLUSA COO for International Development

By 2015, the world's farmers will need to produce 60 percent more food to feed the world's projected 9 billion people. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that one in every eight people in the world suffers from chronic malnutrition, with more than one-third of the developing world's children affected. Over the past several years, the U.S. has made major investments in combating world hunger through Feed the Future and other food security investments, including the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition which is leveraging $3 billion in private-sector resources to improve agricultural investments in Africa. In this context, what is the role of U.S. agriculture and food cooperatives in combating global food insecurity? How are U.S. cooperatives currently engaging in these efforts, both locally and internationally, and what more can be done? How do the sixth and seventh cooperative principles compel cooperatives to engage in initiatives to support smallholder farmers, women, youth and vulnerable groups around the world in implementing their own market-based solutions to hunger and malnutrition? What initiatives can the U.S. cooperatives community undertake to participate in global food security efforts? This interactive panel will convene experts from the U.S. government, agriculture and food cooperatives and international development sectors to explore and discuss the opportunities for greater involvement of the cooperative movement in global food security.

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Workshop: "Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade" 

Facilitators: Dame Pauline Green, President, International Co-operative Alliance; Michael Beall, President and CEO, NCBA CLUSA; Amy Coughenour, COO for International Development, NCBA CLUSA; Patricia Sterner, COO, NCBA CLUSA; and Tom Decker, Director of Cooperative Development, NCBA CLUSA

Come ready to explore and discuss strategies for embedding the Blueprint's five goals into your cooperative's business plan. 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

 

7:00 8:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Welcome Reception for the NRECA Regional Meeting (Regions 5 &6)

NRECA welcomes ACC and PCC attendees to the opening reception for its regional meeting, at the Minneapolis Hilton. Transportation will be provided.

Forum: "Growing Minneapolis Co-ops—A Community & Economic Development Strategy"  

The city of Minneapolis welcomes NCBA conference attendees to participate in and tell their own stories during this forum. Come learn how cities nationwide are working to support new and existing cooperatives and discuss ways in which co-ops can become engines for economic empowerment and community revitalization. 

Tickets: This event is free, but capacity is limited. Click here to register. For more details, email kevin.reich@minneapolismn.gov or call (612) 673-2201. 

NCBA will provide transportation between The Depot Renaissance and the Fair State Brewing Cooperative.  

9:00 – 10 p.m.

Co-op After Hours: S'Mores and Spirits

Network and relax with fellow leaders on The Depot's patio.

Thursday, September 11

 

8:00 a.m. – Noon

Registration open

8:00 a.m. – Noon

Exhibit Hall open

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. 

"An Engaged Board and Its Role in Advocacy"

NCBA CLUSA's lobbyists, CEO Mike Beall and VP of Advocacy Alan Knapp will lead this session, providing an update on current legislative activities and engaging the participants in a discussion on why advocacy  matters. 

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

"Cooperatives and the Civil Rights Movement"

This closing session will provide insights into the role of cooperatives before, during and after the Civil Rights Movement. Invited speakers will share personal experiences and predictions for the future of cooperatives and their capacity to build value chains in distressed communities across America. 

Panelists: Helen Godfrey-Smith, President and CEO, Shreveport Federal Credit Union; David Thompson, President, Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation. 

11:30 a.m. 

Closing Remarks

 

JOINT KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Dame Pauline Green, President, International Co-operative Alliance

Dame Green will address a joint session of the Purchasing Cooperatives Conference and the Annual Cooperatives Conference on the afternoon of September 9. Her session is certain to inspire all as she challenges participants to achieve recognition for the cooperative model of business within the global institutions so that the movement can continue to grow and expand in the coming decades.

Dame Pauline Green is the first woman President of the International Co-operative Alliance in its 116 year history. Elected in 2009 at the General Assembly, Pauline argued that the time is right for radical change in the priorities of the ICA, and called on members to rally to help her achieve the sort of global body that the size and reach of the movement deserves. Learn more about Dame Green here: damepaulinegreen.coop

 

Can't Attend the Entire Conference?

Single-day registrations are now available. Here's the details:

 

   

 

Travel

 

 

Accommodations

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel 

225 Third Ave. South

Minneapolis, MN 55401

 

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is offering PCC and ACC attendees a discounted room rate of $184/night plus taxes. Please make your reservations online or call (612) 375-1700 and ask for the NCBA CLUSA Meeting Block. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made on or before August 18, 2014 to enjoy the group rate (depending on availability, rooms booked after this date may be subject to prevailing rates). 

 

The hotel is located in the Historic Mill and Riverfront Districts in downtown Minneapolis. 

 

Airport 

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel is located 8 miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (code: MSP). 

The hotel does not provide shuttle service to/from the airport. 

 

Ground Transportation

Taxi service to the hotel is approximately $50 one way, Super Shuttle is $18 (arrange in advance), and Light Rail is $2.75. 

Information on ground transportation options, including Light Rail, can be found on the airport's Web site

 

Light Rail

From the airport: Exit at the Government Plaza Station on 5th Street and turn right on 3rd Ave. South three blocks north to Washington Ave. The Depot is on 3rd and Washington Avenues South. The fare is $2.75. 

 

Car Rental

Many major car rental companies have facilities at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Please visit specific rental company Web sites for details. 

 

Weather

Minneapolis' average high temperature in September is 72 degrees; the average low is 52 degrees. That said, hotel meeting rooms tend to be cool; please pack a jacket or sweater for your comfort. 

 

 

September 9th, 2014 1:45 PM   through   September 11th, 2014 11:45 AM
225 Third Avenue South
The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, MN 55401
United States

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