February 16, 2016
MARCH 29-31, 2016 • AT FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS – ANACONDA, MONTANA
Enjoy $99/Night Rooms and Montana-Grown Foods as Community Leaders address Rural Montana’s Greatest Challenges!
Cooperatives have been part of the Montana way of life for generations. From feed and fuel to grain elevators and credit unions, the cooperative model has ensured that farmers received fair prices, and rural residents had access to affordable capital, energy and communications. Over time, many Montana cooperatives have merged to become larger while others have emerged in new health/wellness and retail/consumer sectors. In all cases the needs of community members have been met with services to fit their unique circumstances.
In keeping with this history, the Back to Basics Summit is an opportunity for community and cooperative leaders from all sectors to explore how the co-op business model might help resolve today’s rural challenges. With a focus on local food and housing — two sectors that are ripe for new cooperative approaches– the Back to Basics Summit should be relevant to all Montanans. Inspired by speakers with national expertise, Summit attendees will start framing local, co-op based solutions that confront today’s most pressing realities in rural Montana:
- Nearly a third of Montanans live in or near population centers of less than 10,000 people, limiting their access to building materials and skilled construction labor;
- One in five Montana households with children report income below the poverty line, including 32 of 52 counties across the state. This translates into affordable housing challenges for much of rural Montana;
- Montana families living in 30 census tracts report they cannot access fresh food within 20 miles.
Clearly it is time to get to work in rural Montana! Click here to learn more!