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Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy with Cooperatives

Join the Urban Institute for a virtual event exploring how policymakers can help cooperatives build healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. From bringing electricity to rural America to accessing financing and credit services for people with low incomes, cooperatives have addressed significant market failures and offer an inclusive model of employment and business ownership. But cooperatives can be disadvantaged by federal, state, and local policy; more is needed to level the playing field and support and incentivize cooperatives to reach underserved people and communities. During this event, speakers will discuss guiding goals and specific policy objectives to advance this work.



  • Courtney Berner, Executive Director, University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives
  • Cornelius Blanding, Executive Director, Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
  • Brett Theodos, Senior Fellow and Director of the Community Economic Development Hub, Urban Institute
  • Doug O’Brien, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (moderator)
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Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy with Cooperatives


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

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Date & Time Tuesday, December 15, 2020

  • Senior Fellow