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File #: 16-1423    Version: 1 Name: Proclamation for Co-op Month 2016
Type: Proclamation Status: Filed
File created: 10/6/2016 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/17/2016 Final action: 10/17/2016
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Proclamation for Co-Op Month 2016
Proclamation for Co-Op Month 2016
Co-Op Month
October 2016

WHEREAS, Cooperatives are a unique form of collaborative business where members own, use, and run their own businesses not for profit, but for the collective good of members; and

WHEREAS, Cooperative businesses are operated according to the Rochdale Principles, recognized and used by co-ops throughout the world, which include: Voluntary and open membership; Democratic member control (1 person 1 vote); Members' economic participation (limited return on investment, rebates in proportion to usage); Autonomy and independence; Education, training and information (for members and the general public, about the benefits and practices of cooperation); Cooperation among cooperatives; and Concern for community; and

WHEREAS, There are 48,000 cooperative businesses in the United States, serving their 120 million members in nearly every sector of the economy, including, but not limited to: agriculture, finance, child care, energy, housing, food, education, retail, and more; and

WHEREAS, There are cooperative businesses throughout Ann Arbor, including, but not limited to The Inter-Cooperative Council of the University of Michigan, Forest Hills Cooperative Housing, Arrowwood Hills Cooperative Housing, Colonial Square Cooperative; Pinelake Village Cooperative; Ann Arbor Cooperative Nursery, Stone School Cooperative Nursery, First United Methodist Cooperative Nursery; University of Michigan Credit Union, Huron River Area Credit Union; and the People's Food Co-op; and

WHEREAS, October is Co-op Month, first so designated in 1948 by the Minnesota Association of Cooperatives and celebrated by co-ops throughout the United States as a time to honor the service to their members and their communities provided by cooperative businesses.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, on behalf of the City Council and citizens of Ann Arbor, do h...

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