Image of CCMA 2024 logo. Image shows wave rising over a sunrise, underneath text reads "Rising Tides Lifting Up Communities Through Cooperation. CCMA". CCMA 2024. May 30 through June 1, 2024. Portland, Maine.

What can you expect from CCMA 2024?

  • Engaging keynote speakers highlighting issues impacting the cooperative movement
  • Breakout sessions featuring your cooperative peers sharing their lessons learned and strategies for the future
  • Co-op tours highlights the local gems that Portland has to offer
  • Social activities to connect and network with food cooperative peers

2024 Theme

Rising Tides Lifting Communities Through Cooperation

This year’s conference theme draws inspiration from the metaphor “a rising tide lifts all boats,” emphasizing the idea that as cooperatives flourish, they elevate the overall well-being and prosperity of the communities they serve. It encourages participants to explore and discuss the ways in which cooperatives serve as catalysts for positive change—fostering prosperity, social justice, and environmental sustainability. Food cooperatives contribute to the local economy while embodying values with global significance, creating a unique and interconnected community identity.

Maine is known for its stunning, rugged shores, which contribute to the state’s unique coastal beauty and mirror the resilience of its people. Just as the rocky shores have weathered the elements over time, cooperators have shown a remarkable ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

About CCMA

CCMA is the national annual conference for food cooperative directors, management, staff, and sector allies. The CCMA conference is organized by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives with assistance from a planning committee comprised of co-op managers and board members, representatives from cooperative associations, development organizations, financial partners and other various allies.

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Contact

Questions, ideas, musings about CCMA? Please contact Megan Webster at mawebster@wisc.edu or 608-890-1048

Text on banner reads: thank you to our sponsors! The picture includes logos for Columinate, Cooperative Development Foundation, National Co-op Grocers, CoBank, National Co-op Grocers, Frontier Co-op, Cooperative Development Foundation, National Cooperative Bank, Local Enterprise Assistance Fund, Organic Valley, Wegner CPAs, Saint Mary's University International Centre for Co-operative Management, Pachamama Coffee Farmers, Cabot Creamery, Cooperative Fund of the North East, Dorsey, Food Co-op Initiative, Cooperative Dialogue, Neighboring Food Co-ops, Lake Champlain Chocolates, NCBA CLUSA, and Seven Roots.