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Cooperative Leaders Meet with White House
While the current narrative of the American economy is far from hopeful, cooperatives are setting a more uplifting tone. According to the National Cooperative Business Association in Washington, D.C., 29,000 cooperatives operate in the nation’s economy, and these democratically governed businesses generate two million jobs each year.
The group’s interim president and chief executive officer, Liz Bailey, steered a delegation of 150 leaders and advocates of cooperatives to the White House on May 4th to spark a dialogue with federal officials about the critical role that cooperatives play in job creation and economic development, and how that role could be expanded to revive economically depressed areas and the middle class.
Bailey said there were representatives from various sectors of the coop economy including food, agricultural, finance, housing and health care, adding that the wide representation was to “give a real flavor of how vast the cooperative model is being used in the economy." Policy makers at all levels of government are generally unaware of the huge scope, power, and promise of the cooperative model at a time when
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