New Project to bring Co-op development expertise and support to rural Alberta
Tofield – Rural Alberta’s Development Fund (RADF) announced funding today of $140,500 for a new rural cooperative development project. The funding will allow rural communities across the province to access technical expertise and support when developing co-ops in their areas.
The Rural Cooperative Outreach and Development project is being developed by the Stony Plain based Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) Leadership Foundation in partnership with Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing and Alberta Culture and Community Spirit.
“Rural Albertan’s are very familiar with the concept of the co-op and we feel this project will provide them with the tools to build successful co-ops in their communities for a variety of applications,” commented Bob Clark, RADF Chair.
“The Rural Cooperative Outreach and Development project is a great example of how our rural communities can work together to improve their sustainability”, said Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Minister George Groeneveld. “Co-op projects will create a framework for idea sharing and providing support that will lead to future success for Alberta’s rural areas.”
Rural Alberta’s Development Fund is a not-for-profit company that inspires innovation, collaboration and growth across rural Alberta. It is funded by the Government of Alberta and is a key implementation initiative of Alberta’s Rural Development Strategy. More information is available at www.ruralalbertasfund.com
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Direct media enquiries to:
Godfrey Huybregts, Director of Communications, Rural Alberta’s Development Fund
T: 1.877.940.7233 C: 780.953.0525
September 25, 2008
RURAL COOPERATIVE OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT
Fund contribution is $140,500
RADF funding will allow the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association (ACCA) Leadership Foundation to assess the need for co-op development training across Alberta and then develop new co-op development training and support materials and systems for community use. Two rural communities will be chosen as pilot partners in developing this project.
The ACCA Leadership group is developing the Rural Cooperative Outreach and Development project along with the Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing and Alberta Culture and Community Spirit.
Expected results include: