Category Archives: Evergreen Cooperatives

With a New Fund, Evergreen Cooperatives Looks to Spread the ‘Cleveland Model’

Since their inception ten years ago, the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio have served as a promising model of economic development in a post-industrial city. The three worker cooperatives—an industrial laundry company, a green energy services contractor, and a hydroponic greenhouse (pictured above)—collectively employ over 200 individuals, many of whom have become worker-owners. In a […]

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An MBA Program Aims to Train a New Generation of Co-op Leaders

Co-ops are on the rise. There are 30,000 cooperative businesses in the U.S., which generate over $500 billion in total revenue, pay out $25 billion in wages and benefits and employ nearly 1 million people. The International Cooperative Alliance has declared this the Decade of the Cooperative and has invited the world to make co-ops […]

The New Economic Development: Tackling Inequality by Building Community Wealth

Inequality is one of the defining issues of our times, and many economic development efforts aim to address that challenge. Yet, too often, these top-down efforts fall short of truly lifting up and empowering disenfranchised communities.  And many communities don’t have the necessary capacity to create change on their own. How do you go about […]

The New Economic Development: Tackling Inequality by Building Community Wealth

Inequality is one of the defining issues of our times, and many economic development efforts aim to address that challenge. Yet, too often, these top-down efforts fall short of truly lifting up and empowering disenfranchised communities.  And many communities don’t have the necessary capacity to create change on their own. How do you go about […]