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Title: Barriers to Participation: A Research Report
Authors: Marois, Juanita
Gismondi, Mike
Keywords: local capital retention
local capital
local investment co-op
opportunity development co-op
social capital
Issue Date: 27-Mar-2013
Abstract: To initiate the Unleashing Local Capital program, the Alberta Community and Cooperative Association, along with its project partners held a series of information sessions introducing the concept of local investment co-ops to communities throughout the province. Community members were then invited to apply to the program and develop an "Opportunity Development Co-op" within their own communities. The ULC project team provided a $60,000 grant and mentoring to communities. This research piece spoke to members of the communities who attended the information sessions and then chose NOT to apply. The purpose was to identify the barriers to participation with the goal of removing these for future communities.
Description: This is a action research report completed for the purpose of program enhancement of the Unleashing Local Capital project in Alberta. The project is funded by the Rural Alberta Development Fund and administered through the Alberta Community and Cooperatives Association along with project partners, Athabasca University, Community Futures, Conseil de developpement economique de l'Alberta, Alberta Rural Development Network, and University of Alberta's School of Family Business
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