WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - 03/28/11) - The National Cooperative Business Association will participate in a congressional briefing on "The Role of Cooperatives in Rural and Urban Communities," on Mar. 29, 2011. The briefing, hosted by Representatives Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), will take place from 2-3 p.m., Eastern time, in room 2362-B of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
This event will provide members of Congress and their staff with the opportunity to hear from practitioners, advocates and academics about the challenges facing the vast variety of cooperatives and the need for federal policy to support these unique business entities. Representatives from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Weaver's Way food co-op of Philadelphia, the Credit Union National Association, the National Cooperative Business Association, CooperationWorks! and the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative of Cleveland will be attending.
All members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been invited to attend.
Cooperatives operate in all sectors of the U.S. economy, including agriculture, food distribution and retailing, childcare, credit unions, purchasing, worker-owned, housing, healthcare, energy and telecommunications.
The United Nations designated 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives in order to recognize the contribution cooperatives make to social and economic development. The theme of IYC -- "Cooperative Enterprise Builds a Better World" -- reflects the contribution of cooperatives to the communities they serve.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Cooperative Business Association creates connections among the nation's cooperative businesses, including agriculture, food distribution and retailing, childcare, credit unions, purchasing, worker-owned, housing, healthcare, energy, and telecommunications. NCBA's CLUSA International Program has helped develop cooperatives and other sustainable businesses in over 100 countries since 1953. CLUSA currently implements 23 projects in 10 countries. To learn more about NCBA, visit www.ncba.coop.