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ACBA partners with Austin City Council in resolution to foster growth of cooperative businesses

The Austin City Council last week unanimously passed a resolution drafted by the Austin Cooperative Business Association that supporters say will foster cooperative solutions for affordable housing, quality jobs and local food production and distribution in the region.

The June 12 resolution cements support for the development and growth of cooperative businesses and calls on Austin’s city manager to convene stakeholders to develop recommendations detailing ways the city can promote the development of new and existing cooperative businesses by the end of August.

“This resolution represents a convening of all cooperative businesses in Austin to figure out how we can grow the cooperative economy,” said Brian Donovan, director of the Austin Cooperative Business Association.

“Now that we have this opportunity to position ourselves with the city, we’re able to bring an even bigger group together. Ultimately, we want this support from the city to help start more co-ops, expand existing co-ops and improve policy for cooperatives in Austin,” he said.

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA's new management role in CCMA begins with listening

More than 500 cooperators representing hundreds of co-ops from around the country came together for networking, learning and collaboration at the 58th annual Consumer Cooperatives Management Association’s (CCMA) annual conference held in picturesque Madison, Wisconsin from June 12 to 14, 2014.

This year’s theme "Forward!" was taken from the Wisconsin state motto, and set a superhero tone for the various breakout sessions and keynote address. The meeting kicked off with various tours of local cooperatives, with a great mix of cooperatives in the community, partnering co-ops, and a history tour of host and sponsor Willy Street Co-op.

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA’s Co-op Talks coming to Austin

NCBA CLUSA is hosting a town hall-style Co-op Talk in Austin this week that will convene cross-sector cooperative leaders to advance the cooperative movement.

The event features keynote speaker Courtney Moran, executive director of the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation. Her message, “The Importance of Cross-Sector Collaboration Between Credit Unions and Other Cooperatives” is expected to highlight the continuing need for cooperation among cooperatives.

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA joins 5th Birthday and Beyond initiative, salutes gains in child survival and health

NCBA CLUSA is joining more than 100 other businesses, NGOs, faith-based, civic and philanthropic organizations to support the 5th Birthday and Beyond initiative celebrating America’s global leadership for healthy children.

Over the past 25 years, the U.S. has played an essential role in one of the world’s most remarkable success stories—unprecedented progress to prevent the deaths of millions of children. This year, 6 million fewer children will die before their 5th birthdays than in 1989. Annual deaths from diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, malaria and AIDS continue to decline dramatically.

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  THUMB 01 NCBA CLUSA featured in new NGO Aid Map highlighting global intervention

An interactive map plotting the landscape of global intervention—pin by pin, project by project—is the latest tool meant to bolster awareness and collaboration among non-governmental organizations.

NCBA CLUSA is among 86 organizations whose collective 2,940 (and counting!) projects make up the NGO Aid Map, launched this week by NGO alliance InterAction and sponsor FedEx at the 2014 InterAction Forum in Washington, D.C.

“The map aims to increase the amount of publically available data on international development and humanitarian response by providing detailed project information through interactive maps and data visualizations,” according to promotional materials distributed by InterAction at the June 11 launch.

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  THUMB 01 NRECA supports Memorial Day ride for wounded vets

Representing the interests of more than 900 electric cooperatives across the U.S., the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association provides retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states. NRECA recently published this story about their support of Ride 2 Recovery, a non-profit that backs the health and wellness of recovering veterans through cycling:

Staff Sgt. Melissa Martinez’s wounds are not visible; she refers to them only as the “mental challenges” she suffers—the result of a head injury sustained in Kuwait.

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  THUMB 01 Concerns over aging cooperative members

NCBA CLUSA associate member Castle Wealth Advisors designs and implements financial strategies for family held businesses and cooperatives, helping owners and members achieve their long-term goals and protect their business and family assets. Ahead of the financial advisory firm’s June 26 webinar, president and CEO Gary L. Pittsford sent this thought leadership article:

There are approximately 32,000,000 closely-held family businesses in the United States, a high percentage of which belong to one of the thousands of cooperatives that we have in this country. At least 6 to 8 million closely-held family businesses are owned by Baby Boomers between the ages of 60 and 70. 

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  THUMB 01 NCGA applauds Vermont as first U.S. state to achieve mandatory labeling of GMOs

The National Cooperative Grocers Association is working with the Center for Food Safety, the Environmental Working Group and coalition Just Label It to advocate for federally mandated GMO labeling. Vermont’s new GMO labeling law is a key step forward in the process, the association said in this recent press release:

The National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA) congratulates Vermont as the first state in the U.S. to pass a mandatory GMO labeling bill. In the wake of this victory, NCGA urges Congress not to support the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 that threatens to deny consumers’ right to know what’s in their food.

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  THUMB 01 Conservation farming yields bumper crop in Namibia

Vilho Nande, a farmer who practices Conservation Agriculture (CA) in the Oshikoto region of Namibia, is reporting a bumper crop of more than 13,000 lbs (6,000 kg) of “mahangu,” or pearl millet, according to a report by the New Era Newspaper.

Farmers planting maize and cowpea are reporting similar success.

Nande is lead farmer for the USAID-funded Namibia Conservation Agriculture Project (NCAP) implemented by NCBA CLUSA. Using the rip-furrow method, he demonstrates the benefits of CA and trains nearby farmers in climate-smart methods. Conservation Farming minimizes soil disturbance, helps prevent soil erosion and allows crops to take deeper root and retain more moisture.

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  THUMB 01 National Cooperative Bank’s New York Office reports $22.3 million in new financing for local cooperatives in May

The National Cooperative Bank strengthens communities nationwide by delivering banking and financial services, with an emphasis on cooperative expansion and economic development. The organization’s New York Office sent this press release about a recent milestone:

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading lender to cooperative housing throughout the Tri-State area, originated $22.3 million in new loans during May for 12 New York area properties. The outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and Westchester led the way with more than $18.5 million in financing. Edward Howe III, managing director of the NCB New York office, made the announcement.

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  THUMB 01 International Co-operative Alliance joins UN Global Compact

The International Co-operative Alliance unites cooperatives worldwide. This press release from the alliance announces one of its newest endeavors:

The International Co-operative Alliance has joined the world’s largest voluntary CSR initiative—the United Nations Global Compact. This is a strategic policy initiative for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles relating to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

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  THUMB 01 Neighboring Food Co-ops approve resolution on co-op identity

 

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association is a network of more than 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives across New England locally owned by more than 90,000 people. The association’s recent resolution on cooperative identity is part of a broader movement within the cooperative sphere to ensure that businesses using the cooperative identity adhere to cooperative principles:

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) Board of Directors recently approved a resolution on The Co-operative Legal Identity, which seeks to protect and promote co-operative business principles, “to ensure the integrity of statutes and use of the co-operative name, and to promote use of the co-operative business model as an effective tool for self-help, poverty reduction, human development, and economic and social sustainability.”

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NCBA CLUSA Upcoming Events  

 
Co-op Talks Austin
2014-Jun-20 10:00 am - to - 2014-Jun-17 01:00 pm
 
 
 
Economic Democracy and Economic Justice: The Tale of a New City
2014-Jun-21 09:00 am - to - 2014-Jun-17 05:00 pm
 
 
 
Succession Planning for Co-op Members
2014-Jun-26 01:00 pm - to - 2014-Jun-17 02:00 pm
 
 
 
 
2014 Purchasing Cooperatives Conference
2014-Sep-08 10:00 am - to - 2014-Sep-10 12:30 pm
 
 
 
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The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For nearly 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
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