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Worker coops in Cleveland to build wealth for inner-city residents
Evergreen Laundry is the first of of several cooperative ventures in University Circle

Karen Schaefer
Chuck Miller from Doty Miller Architects and manager Dick Szczepinski in front of the new Evergreen Laundry, a for-profit cooperative venture in Cleveland's Glenville Neighborhood
Courtesy of Karen Schaefer
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A group of Cleveland non-profits is backing a socially-conscious, eco-development in an inner-city neighborhood. They hope the environmentally-friendly workers cooperative will help build wealth for impoverished residents.
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Mondragon Cooperative Corporation

Ohio Employee Ownsership Center

Cleveland Foundation

Listener Comments:

Karen, just an incredible story, interesting, uplifting and all delivered in your typically comprehensive fashion. Take a bow!

Posted by: John Ettorre (Cleveland) on June 24, 2009 11:21AM
Yes - Towards Employment has been assisting with pre-screening of employee-owner applicants and will be working with those who are hired on employment skills training.

Posted by: Karen Schaefer (WKSU) on May 28, 2009 3:06PM
Isn't Towards Employment involved in this?

Posted by: Anonymous on May 28, 2009 3:04PM
This is great news. We posted the story to our website: In the San Francisco Bay area we have a network of over 30 co-ops. Learn more about it at:

Posted by: Bernard (Berkeley, CA) on May 28, 2009 12:03AM
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