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News Release

September 25, 2008

Rural Co-op Development Project Gets $140,500 in Funding

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

 

BACKGROUNDER

Summary of Approved Project

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:

  • Communities are made aware of how to fill gaps and needs in their economic development
  • Communities become motivated to pursue co-op development projects
  • The quality of life in rural Alberta is enhanced by co-op business that fill specific economic needs and gaps of participating communities
  • Community capacity for business and leadership is enhanced in rural Alberta

Contact: Michele Aasgard, Executive Director, Alberta Community & Co-operative Association Leadership Foundation.
T: 780.963.3766
Email: maasgard@acca.coop
Website: www.acca.coop