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Community Investment Fund Co-ops: Canadian success stories in an environment of policy hurdles

(Part 4 of 4 articles exploring mechanisms to raise community capital for local economic development)

If you were asked where the town of Sangudo is located, you would likely hedge your bets that it lies sun basked and south of the US and Mexican border.

You may be surprised to learn that Sangudo is a rural community of just over 350 people nestled in the centre of Alberta, northwest of Edmonton. While it is not renowned for its spectacular resorts, it does have something very special to offer.

Creston takes buying local to a whole new level

(Part 3 of 4 articles exploring mechanisms to raise community capital for local economic development)

Communities of all sizes are seeking out ways to become more resilient in an ever-increasingly interdependent and globalized world.

Resilience has long been talked about in relation to environment and industry. But what does resilience look like for human communities?

Community Investment Funds: Leveraging the Co-operative Advantage

(Part 2 of 4 articles exploring mechanisms to raise community capital for local economic development.)
As a consequence of the 2008 economic collapse, communities are increasingly active in assessing their own sustainability. “Buy Local” campaigns have garnered much support and success. But with investment dollars flowing out of the community to large financial centres in Canada & the U.S., economic sustainability is a challenge. Many communities are looking for mechanisms that will allow them to “repatriate” this capital – a sort of “Invest Local” strategy.

Co-ops can help local governments that are invested in raising community capital

(Part 1 of 4 articles exploring mechanisms to raise community capital for local economic development)

The City of Vancouver recently announced a new initiative passed by council on July 25th that will see the development of a new Vancouver Entrepreneur Fund. According to the Mayor’s office blog, the fund will be “an arms-length venture capital fund that will raise private investment to support emerging start-up companies in Vancouver”, and will be delivered through the Vancouver Economic Commission.

Common Thread gives Mauril a colourful send-off

 

(Part 4: Final report of Mauril Bélanger's tour of co-ops across Vancouver)

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