Appalachia Cooperates Grows Co-op Culture

Feb. 9, 2019

Q: How can Extension professionals, business and community developers build a brighter future, robust local economies, and living wage job opportunities in Appalachia?​

A: Worker-ownership.​

Worker-owned cooperatives, defined by two advocates of the model as, “values-driven businesses that put worker and community benefit at the core of their purpose . . . [in which] workers participate in the profits, oversight, and, to varying degrees, the management of the organization, using democratic practices,” (Hoover & Abell 2016).​

The Center for Cooperatives and partners are growing co-op culture in Appalachia! Join us on March 22, 2019 at West Virginia State
University Economic Development Center in Charleston. Attendees can connect with practitioners including: Dr. J. Todd Nesbitt, Lock Haven University, will share “A Case for Economic Distributism in West Virginia.” Leslie Schaller, Casa Nueva, will discuss “Building a Worker-Owned Business in Central Appalachia.” Ursulette Huntley and Gail Patton, Unlimited Future, will share “Catalyzing a Community Owned Business.” Join discussions about growing co-ops in our region and creating the Appalachia Cooperates Initiative. Learn about worker-owned co-ops across the globe with a lunchtime showing of the film Shift Change.

To learn more and register visit:

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Hoover, M. & Abell, H. (2016). The Cooperative Growth Ecosystem: Inclusive Economic Development in Action. Project Equity and the Democracy at Work Institute.