February 14, 2014
Public Affairs has been awarded a grant by the Center for Economic Innovation to develop educational materials for colleges and universities about place-based cooperative enterprises. Five students will be working on this project with Dr. Ed Lorenz.
The Public Affairs Institute will be working over the next few months to prepare educational materials related to cooperative (employee-owned) business models.
The materials should be of special interest to students in the social sciences (history, economics, political science and sociology) and in applied business programs. The materials grow from study of the Mondragon model of cooperatives in Spain but also of other models in the U.S. and other countries.
The project is funded by the Center for Economic Innovation at Michigan State University under a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. This project will put Alma College and its students in the forefront of research in community based economic development.