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Students Present Paper at Innovate Michigan Summit

“The presentation was for Michigan colleges and universities and community groups that might wish to adopt the curriculum modules the Alma team has developed.” — Ed Lorenz

Several students and Professor Ed Lorenz presented a paper on Sept. 4, 2014, at the Innovate Michigan Summit, held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on “Promotion of Cooperative Enterprises in Distressed Urban and Rural Communities.”

The students involved in the presentation were Will Donahue ’16, Lauren Engels ’15, Aleia McKessy ’15 and Tracy Oberle ’15. Also involved was 2014 graduate Michelle Jerezano. They had previously presented their work at the International Cooperative Alliance Research Conference in June 2014 at the University of Pula in Croatia.

“The presentation on Sept. 4 was for Michigan colleges and universities and community groups that might wish to adopt the curriculum modules the Alma team has developed,” says Lorenz.

“The curriculum modules are designed to help colleges and universities educate students in developing cooperative enterprises,” says Lorenz. “Such enterprises have been key to the redevelopment of regions around world — ranging from rural Minnesota to the Basque region in Spain and Trentino in Italy.”

Alma’s Public Affairs Institute was awarded a grant earlier this year by the Center for Economic Innovation at Michigan State University under a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to develop the educational materials about place-based cooperative enterprises.

Story published on September 08, 2014