NCBA Brings 150 Cooperative Leaders to White House                 

WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 05/03/12 -- One hundred fifty cooperative leaders from all sectors of the economy and corners of the nation will meet with top policymakers at the White House on May 4 to discuss how their organizations spur economic recovery through job creation and ongoing investments in their local communities.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to discuss our successes in job creation and ways to use the cooperative model to continue to strengthen communities large and small," said Liz Bailey, interim president and chief executive officer of the National Cooperative Business Association. "Two million jobs are generated each year as a direct result of cooperatives, which illustrates the incredible impact that these organizations have on local economies."

There are currently 29,000 cooperative businesses nationwide spanning most industries, including agriculture, energy, financial service and credit unions, food distribution, healthcare, housing, retail and telecommunications.