Connor M. Dushane



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Co-Op Dayton is a non-profit founded in 2015 that incubates cooperative businesses to create and retain quality jobs in our region, building a local economy that works for all. The cooperative business model puts the power of decision making in the hands of the employees themselves giving them greater control over the future of their business. Co-Op Dayton is best known for its flagship project the Gem City Market. Over the past year, I have been working with them to develop new cooperative businesses in the manufacturing, construction, and agricultural industries. Figuring out how Co-Op Dayton’s work impacts the economic growth of the city of Dayton, and comparing it to the very successful Mondragon Corporation in Spain, creates an opportunity to see how investing resources in worker or community-owned companies could spur further economic growth in Dayton and beyond. This poster will dive into how cooperatives can grow businesses by analyzing different Dayton small businesses that either are or are in the process of transitioning to the cooperative model and how their business can grow with the benefits of the coop model, as well as analyzing the current economical climate of the city to understand how shifting to worker-owned could spur regrowth of certain industries. The goal of this poster is to provide a greater understanding of how cooperatives can change the economy for the better and meet the goals of positive social change while working to overcome some of today’s economic challenges.

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Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Kelly Bohrer

Primary Advisor's Department

The ETHOS Center


Stander Symposium project, School of Engineering

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Co-Op Dayton- Creating an Economy that Works for All.