|Title||Third Coast Workers for Cooperation: Establishing a non-profit cooperative development organization to support economic empowerment through green worker cooperatives|
|Year of Publication||2010|
In Austin, TX, more than 116,000 adults live in poverty, including more than 34,000 working adults, indicating the lack of quality jobs. People of color are particularly affected by economic inequality, seeing higher rates of poverty, lower median incomes, and lower rates of business-ownership. Worker cooperatives are a proven innovation for economic empowerment, leading to improved economic outcomes, while also supporting broader community development. Training, technical assistance, and ongoing support services are essential to effective worker cooperative development. Without an organization providing such services in the Austin area, the economic empowerment benefits of worker cooperatives will not be realized there.