"We work to connect local labor to local markets."
Working through local community organizations, we provide improve local capacity to meet the needs of the local and regional economy. By improving skilled and professional labor; creating cooperative community resources; building and restoring community infrastructure; and improving community relationships, we look to rebuild individual self-sufficiency and improve local community sustainability.
Our primary goal, then, is to create a thriving urban-rural network of cooperative business working together to supply the needs and meet the demands of its local and regional community partners. Beginning in marginalized, low-income, impoverished, distressed and otherwise disabled communities, we look to create a platform of technical assistance and capacity building geared towards improving core and critical life skills.
Definition of A Cooperative
The International Cooperative Alliance defines a cooperative (co-operative, co-op, or coop) as
‘an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.’
Beginning in urban and rural areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions, we look to create self-sustained communities geared towards learning, rehabilitation, cooperative enterprise and spiritual growth. To this end, the Assembly plans to create a thriving urban-rural network directly connecting resources to consumers creating an open exchange of quality products, goods and services.
Seven Cooperative Principles
Co-operatives are businesses owned and operated by and for their members. Whether the members are the customers, employees or residents they have an equal say in what the business does and a share in the profits. Co-operatives form for an intentionally agreed upon purpose and act together to build a better society through mutual co-operation.
A Cooperative Community
Connecting rural capacity to cultivate raw material to urban manufacturing and consumption, we intend to build a cooperative network of self-sustained cooperative community enterprise. This cooperative partnering assists in developing supply chain networks servicing the needs and wants of our cooperative community.
Cooperative Community Enterprise
We define Cooperative Community Enterprise as the legal formation of a businesses community mutually aligned to supply the collective needs in a particular industry.
Working towards self-sustainability requires that we build interdependent associations within the following (15) major market areas: