WHEREAS, cooperatives are business that are owned and democratically governed by their members and exist solely to serve their member’s interests; and,
WHEREAS, cooperative enterprises help build and sustain healthy communities in Michigan, promote jobs and enhance quality of life for those in our state and throughout the country; and,
WHEREAS, cooperatives in Michigan generate significant revenue and employment opportunities, functioning as engines of economic growth for local communities and Michigan’s economy; and,
WHEREAS, more than 29,000 cooperatives operate in the United States, making a substantial contribution to the economy by generating more than 2 million jobs, with annual sales of $652 billion and possessing assets of $3 trillion; and,
WHEREAS, cooperatives dedicate substantial human and financial resources to serve their communities beyond their core business functions, including charitable giving to meet the needs of underserved populations and investment in community development that generates jobs and income and helps create vital services; and,
WHEREAS, during the week of October 12-18, 2014, cooperatives from all industries reaffirm their member-service mission and their commitment to community and pledge continued active involvement in the communities in which their members live and work.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 12 -18, 2014 as Cooperative Week in Michigan.