Art & Science of Energy Independence

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"The Art and Science of Cooperative Business Development," now in its fifth year, is the only training program available in the United States that addresses the unique attributes of developing and expanding cooperatively based enterprises.

Twice each year for five days of intensive training, participants are immersed in learning the practical applications of cooperative business development skills. The training uses a multi-faceted format that includes lectures, interactive sessions, case study analyses, panel discussions, study tours to local cooperative, and plenty of opportunities to network with faculty and students.

The program is produced by CooperationWorks!, a national service cooperative for co-op development centers. It takes place at the University of Wisconsin and Madison, a national nexus for cooperatives and credit unions.

Energy independence director speaks

A special highlight of the September 2007 session was a reception for the Madison co-op community, featuring guest speaker Judy Ziewacz. Currently the director of Wisconsin's new Office of Energy Independence, she was previously deputy director of the Wisconsin State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Before that she was a national leader in cooperative development and one of the founders of CooperationWorks! …