The Austin Cooperative Business Association (ACBA) works to BUILD and EXPAND the cooperative economy in central Texas.
In June, the ACBA began a partnership with Evolve Austin, a united coalition of civic-minded organizations dedicated to ensuring the implementation of the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan. Imagine Austin is a community-driven set of directives compiled by the City to make Austin a more affordable, mobile, and sustainable city. Encouraging cooperative development is identified as a goal in several key areas of the Plan, which has been critical in our recent successes passing policy recommendations through City Council and the Economic Prosperity Commission. We look forward to working with Evolve Austin to further our City-level advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership. Find out more.
The ACBA grew out of two contributing organizations. The Austin Cooperative Think Tank (ACTT) which developed gradually beginning in 2010 with the mission of growing the Austin cooperative economy and officially began taking on projects in 2012, the International Year of the Cooperative. It finally solidified into the ACBA in June of 2013 when the NCBA agreed to fund the program with a grant supplemented by contributions from founding member cooperatives in Austin.
The ACBA is dedicated to growing and strengthening the Austin-area cooperative community through increased consumer knowledge, inter-cooperative support and advocacy to make it easier to start and expand cooperatives.
The ACBA would like to thank our founding members, Black Star, College Houses, Cornerstone Credit Union League, Inter-Cooperative Council and Wheatsville.
Additionally, we are eternally grateful to the members of the ACTT steering committee who made all this possible, Kim Penna, Matt Scheer, Ricardo Guerrero, Steve Macias, Zak Jones, Rose Marie Klee, Josh Sabik, Brian Donovan, and Kate Vickery. A special thanks goes to Andi Shively for her work on the retreat and business plan and Kelsie Balcaitis who sparked the project.
The Board of the ACBA proposed a revision of its bylaws to remove inconsistencies and promote efficient and clear operations and processes for members. You can find them at the link below.