Milwaukee’s Growing Cooperative Movement to Celebrate ‘Our Cooperative Communities’ at Co-op Fest 2016

The Riverwest Cooperative Alliance, along with presenting sponsor Summit Credit Union, announces Co-op Fest 2016, scheduled for October 8, 2016.

The festival, happening in locations throughout the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee, will feature workshops, panels and discussions on all aspects of the cooperative movement, as well as food, music and fun. It builds on the success of RCA’s first Co-op Fest in 2013, which was attended by over 200 people.

This year’s theme, “Our Cooperative Communities” reflects both the desire to celebrate two important milestones—the five and 15 year anniversaries of the Riverwest Public House and Riverwest Food Co-op & Cafe, respectively—and acknowledge the continued challenges the local cooperative movement faces as it works for racial, economic and environmental justice.

The day’s workshops and panels will be loosely organized into Co-op Basics, oriented toward those new to cooperatives; Centering Justice, focusing on issues of access and social, racial, and economic justice; and Co-op Economics, examining the contributions of local cooperatives to community and economic development in Milwaukee.

Ann Reynolds of the UW Center for Cooperatives will be giving a lunch keynote, and representatives of local cooperative organizations will be tabling throughout the day. The day ends with a happy hour celebration at the Riverwest Public House, the state’s only cooperatively-owned bar.

The RCA invites cooperative businesses and organizations from around the region to get involved by proposing workshop topics or tabling at the event. Information on registration, tabling and sponsorship can be found on Co-op Fest website (  

Individual attendance is $20 ($15 if pre-registering online). Volunteer opportunities are available for those unable to afford the cost.

In addition to Riverwest Cooperative Alliance and Summit Credit Union, other sponsors include Outpost Natural Foods, Educators Credit Union, Brewery Credit Union, Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, Attorney Nola Cross, Riverwest Co-op & Café, Riverwest Investment Cooperative and New Barons Brewing Cooperative.

About Summit Credit Union

Established in 1935, Summit is a member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone in Wisconsin. Summit holds $2.1 billion in assets and has more than 142,000 members with 30 locations throughout the Madison and Milwaukee areas. For more information, visit

About the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance

RCA provides consulting, technical assistance and consulting services to our members as well as new and existing cooperatives throughout Milwaukee. We also offer educational services such as Board, officer and collective management trainings, speakers and networking opportunities such as Co-op Fest. 


Milwaukee’s Growing Cooperative Movement to Celebrate ‘Our Cooperative Communities’ at Co-op Fest 2016
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