Appalachia Cooperates Initiative
Interested in community, business, and economic development in Central Appalachia?
Join the inaugural session of the Appalachia Cooperates Initiative! This peer-exchange network will be a place to learn about the co-op model as a development strategy and to foster relationships to help recognize and catalyze cooperative opportunities in Central Appalachian communities.
Learn from practitioners growing co-op culture in central Appalachia!
- 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.”
- UrsuletteHuntley 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.
March 22, 9:30 a.m. –3 p.m.
West Virginia State University Economic Development Center, 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West, Charleston, West Virginia
Registration only $25, Lunch included
Register at go.osu.edu/appalachiacooperates
Agenda for the day:
9:30 a.m. - Networking and Coffee
9:45 a.m. - A Case for Economic Distributism in West Virginia, Dr. J. Todd Nesbitt, Lock Haven University
10:45 a.m. - Community and Business Development in Appalachia Group Discussion, Facilitated by CFAES Center for Cooperatives and WVU Extension Community Development
11:30 a.m. - Lunch and viewing of Shift Change, a documentary film about worker cooperatives globally
1:00 p.m. - Building a Worker-Owned Business in Central Appalachia, Leslie Schaller, Co-Founder Casa Nueva
Catalyzing a Community Owned Business, Ursulette Huntley and Gail Patton, Unlimited Future
2:30 p.m. - Making the Most of the Appalachia Cooperates Initiative Facilitated Discussion
3:00 p.m. - Adjourn
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