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Local Solutions by Local People: Building Resiliency through Opportunity Development Cooperatives

Please join the Montana Cooperative Development Center for a workshop on an emerging cooperative structure that is already proving successful in revitalizing communities, grow local leadership, and create sustainable businesses. Opportunity Development Cooperatives allow members to make capital investments in buildings, businesses, and causes to help their communities grow and prosper.

Opportunity Development Cooperatives have a proven track record with our neighbors to the north. Dan Ohler, Co-op Specialist & Professional Coach at Thinkin’ Outside The Barn, will present his experience in his home town of Sangudo, Alberta and subsequent work developing the Unleashing Local Capital Program across Alberta.

This workshop will consist of an introduction to cooperatives, insight into opportunity development cooperatives from an experienced professional, and focused breakout sessions with plenty of time for discussion.


Sep 28 2020


12:00 pm - 2:30 pm


  • CPP
  • Dan Ohler
    Dan Ohler
    Professional Relationship Coach & Employee Ownership Specialist

    Dan Ohler is a proud husband, father, and community-builder. Through his business, Thinkin Outside The Barn, he is a professional relationship coach, speaker, and business consultant.

    At home in Sangudo, Alberta and concerned about the social and economic death of their rural community, a small dedicated group incorporated Sangudo Opportunity Development Co-op (SODC) in 2010. It was the first of its kind in Canada, which has unleashed close to $1 million of local capital into economic development in the small rural community. Because of his involvement as co-founder and Board Chair he then worked with the Alberta Community & Co-operative Association to develop the Unleashing Local Capital program and support the application of the model across Western Canada. Dan loves the Co-op philosophy and supports this model every chance he gets.

  • Davey Madison
    Davey Madison
    MCDC - Program Director

    Davey Madison is the Program Director for MCDC and is responsible for developing and implementing various cooperative development activities across Montana that create and support new businesses in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, childcare, housing, and community services.

    Davey previously held the title of Project Manager in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development under Governor Bullock. She was the lead for multiple projects, including an award-winning software application, the Business Navigator. She created and led a series of entrepreneurial networking events in rural towns across the state that culminated in the largest small business conference in Montana, the Innovate Montana Symposium.

    She holds a BA in English from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and is active on several local and statewide organizations. Including serving on the advisory board for Powerhouse Montana and as 2nd Vice-President for the Montana Ambassadors.

    Davey grew up on the rolling hills of northeast Montana and still helps on the family ranch as much she can. When she’s not immersed in economic and community development, she enjoys remodeling her home, baking tasty treats, and spending as much time horseback as possible.

  • Eric Seidensticker
    Eric Seidensticker
    JLDC - Economic Development Project Officer

    Eric is originally from the Twin Bridges/Dillon area, but also has close roots to the Hi-line. He graduated from Beaverhead County High School and later attended the University of Montana. After graduation and a few stops along the way, he and his wife moved to Helena. Eric has worked for two regional economic development organizations, Montana Business Assistance Connection and Headwaters RC&D. He has worked in numerous capacities including community/rural development, environmental remediation, food & agriculture development, and numerous others. Eric considers himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with numerous businesses, cities, towns, and counties across the state.

    Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, exploring the great outdoors, shooting, hunting, watching sports, and hanging with his two sidekicks, Marlow (Golden Retriever) and Itchy (Basset Hound).

  • John Schneeberger, CPP
    John Schneeberger, CPP
    RCEDA - Economic Development Specialist
  • Tracy McIntyre
    Tracy McIntyre
    MCDC - Executive Director

    A native of Eureka, Montana, McIntyre served 12 years as the Lead Economic Developer for North Lincoln County. During her tenure, she averaged over $1 million in investment into the community annually, counseled over 35 businesses every year, led the creation and development of a Business Incubator and provided leadership for the Tobacco Valley Industrial District. McIntyre also worked on other projects, including major infrastructure, trails, amenities, business attraction, economic development, and workforce training that have all positively impacted the community of Eureka.

    In 2016, McIntyre started her own consulting company, Rural Economic Designs, LLC, to bring her knowledge of community leadership and collaboration, project development and administration, and strategic planning to other rural communities and businesses. During this time, McIntyre brought in over $3.5 million to her rural community clients.

    McIntyre has also been an active board member of the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) for 10 years and completed two terms as President; the second woman ever to hold that position. She remains actively engaged in a number of regional and statewide efforts, including serving on the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force, and serving as a member of the Montana Ambassadors.

    McIntyre engaged with MCDC during her career both as a private entrepreneur and director of her area’s economic development.

Montana Cooperative Development Center


Montana Cooperative Development Center
(406) 868-0875

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