In this report, we provide an overview of how policy can help cooperatives build healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities. We describe four broad policy goals: level the playing field, help grow the number of cooperatives in underserved markets, help grow the size and market share of existing cooperatives, and support cooperatives in reaching underserved people and communities. We also identify six specific ways policy can advance these goals, from enabling legislation to providing technical assistance. We conclude with steps that cooperatives can take to advance these policy goals.
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