Join us as we celebrate the continued success and journey of Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative and Union Cooperatives!
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Since 2012, CUCI has launched four cooperative initiatives, investigated three others, created 20 jobs and leveraged over $3 million in grants and loans. Some highlights from 2016:
- Our Harvest employed 15 people, served as a practicum site for 20 students, held a memorable event and wrote an inspiring book to celebrate the Bahr Farm’s centennial anniversary
- Sustainergy saved over 100 homeowners, on an average, $600 to $700 per household in utility savings
- Apple Street Market completed a 10-year financial projection that demonstrates its viability and is well on its way to closing the funding gap
- Renting Partnerships, organized as a land trust, supports efforts around the country to share its innovative approach to wealth building for low-income renters
- CUCI launched its manufacturing initiative, which aims to bring Mondragon-style cooperative ownership to the manufacturing sector in Southwest Ohio as a succession strategy for retiring business owners
This year we recognize individuals working with us to build the foundation of an economy that works for all. This year’s honorees are:
- Phil Amadon and Casey Whitten Amadon for incredible personal solidarity to the co-op movement
- Michael Coffey of Greater Cincinnati Foundation as a key funding partner in launching the Union Co-op Training Institute
- Mary Jo Minerich and Renee Martin of GBBN Architects for their outstanding volunteer commitment and support in designing Apple Street Market and making it a reality
- James Clark, International President of the IUE-CWA, a visionary leader who is helping to advance union co-op work in manufacturing
Special Showcase: CUCI is excited to introduce the Union Co-op Training Institute, which will systematize the development of worker owners and the union co-op culture. Equally important, the Institute will better position us to meet the increasing demand for future co-ops. Currently 14 groups have approached us about creating co-ops. Isabel Uribe, one of Mondragon’s most experienced cooperative development specialists who has helped deploy the model in a number of countries, will be moving to Cincinnati to advance this project.
Evening will Feature: Tasty tapas featuring produce from Our Harvest Cooperative, meet & greet with union cooperative members, music, split the pot, inspiration and tons of fun!
Please call (513) 549-3381 if you have any questions or need further information. Thank you for your support!