As the Mahoning Valley’s economy continues to struggle following the collapse of the local steel industry, interest in collaborative and cooperative economic models has grown as a way to reverse decline. Roy Messing of the Kent State University Ohio Employee Ownership Center shares the history of efforts to create employee-owned cooperatives in response to the loss of manufacturing jobs in the region. —Quilian Riano, In the Mahoning Valley chief editor
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