Summit Photo Gallery
NCBA-CLUSA President & CEO Judy Ziewacz addressed co-op leaders during the opening of the 2017 Back to Basics Cooperative Summit at Fairmont Hot Springs on February 28.
Dr. George W. Haynes, MSU Professor & Extension Economist, discussed "Co-op Finance & Patronage" during the final pre-summit workshop before the kick-off of the 2017 Back to Basics Cooperative Summit.
WORLD CAFE SOCIAL HOUR
Co-op leaders discussed & documented challenges they've face in operating cooperative businesses during the World Cafe Social Hour.
MONTANA CO-OPS 101 DOCUMENTARY
Co-op leaders from across the state watched the first in an educational series, "Montana Co-ops 101: Introduction & History" produced by MCDC and jointly sponsored by the Montana Council of Cooperatives and MCDC.
COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TRACK
Bill Perry, Montana
President of Northwest Farm Credit Services briefed co-op leaders investment and loan opportunities. (top left)
Alberta Community and Co-operative Association 's Manager of Co-op Services, Seth Leon, spoke to Montana's community investment leaders from Calgary, Alberta via a live Web conference (bottom right).
Community and economic development leaders joined real estate professionals and state housing officials to explored both opportunities and challenges in developing housing co-ops in Montana. A model discussed was the ongoing development of the Riverside Crossing Adult Cottage Cooperative in Hamilton.
FOOD & AGRICULTURAL TRACK
Co-op leaders from Montana's food and agricultural sectors came together and explored how co-ops can better meet the needs of food producers and consumers. One idea that was seriously discussed was the formation of regional food hubs.
CONSUMER & SHARED SERVICE TRACK
Leaders of consumer & shared service co-ops, both big and small from across Montana and Idaho shared their wide range of experiences in governing their respective co-op businesses at the Back to Basics Cooperative Summit.
MCDC President Greg Jergeson spoke about the cooperative principle of "concern for community" and how that principle is instilled in many of Montana's co-op leaders of today during the banquet dinner.
USDA Rural Development Montana State Director Janelle Gustafson spoke about the important role her department plays in the funding and support of rural cooperative development throughout the state.
USDA Rural Development Cooperative Development Specialist Margaret Bau spoke about the history of cooperatives and the many services they've provided to rural american communities.
Mark Willmarth, Principal of Vision West Consulting in Great Falls, returned for his second year as the Summit Motivator for Back to Basics. He shared his observations on the importance of building upon the professional networks made between co-op leaders at the summit.
MCDC Executive Director Janice Brown thanked all co-op leaders for attending this year's Back to Basics Cooperative Summit as another successful summit came to a close.