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Newark Kicks Off Small Business Week with First Annual Newark Cooperative Conference
One-day meeting of the minds spotlights cooperative best practices for more sustainable local economies

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson, and Newark Community Economic Development Corporation host a warm-up to national Small Business Week with the 2017 Newark Cooperative Conference. Attendees at the free conference will explore national cooperative models and discuss the future of Newark’s worker-owned movement toward a broader, more diverse and more equitable local economy.

Under the theme “Building Newark 3.0: Creating Local Sustainable Economies,” the panelists will examine housing, worker, food and art cooperatives, as well as how to leverage state and federal policies to support and increase such initiatives.


Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, NJ
Deputy Mayor Baye Adofo-Wilson, director, Economic & Housing Development, Newark, NJ
Aisha Glover, acting president and CEO, Newark Community Economic Development Corporation
Esteban Kelly, executive director, U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Charon J.W. Montayne, president, Newark High Park Gardens Cooperative
Tobias Fox, founder and managing director, Newark Science and Sustainability, Inc.
Andy Reicher, executive director, Urban Homestead Assistance Board (UHAB)
Chris Michael Esq., general counsel, The ICA Group
Missy Riser Esq., staff attorney, Urban Justice Center NYC
Marina Metalios, director of training and special projects, UHAB
April De Simone, co-founder, Designing the WE
Corinna Zuckerman, cooperative developer, SCO Family of Services


WHAT:           Newark Cooperative Conference on national cooperative models for better local economies
WHEN:           Saturday, April 29, 2017
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE:         Rutgers Business School
1 Washington Park
Newark, NJ 07102

Media Note:   Nearby street parking available.




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