Become a member of LACE by filling out this online form

You may also print the membership form and return it in-person at our monthly meeting or by mailing the application and your check to us. Suggested membership to LACE is $20, but memberships are accepted on a sliding scale from $5 and up. Please make checks payable to “Louisville Association for Community Economics” and include the membership form with your check.

What Is LACE?

(Graphic from Jessica Gordon Nembhard’s 2014 book Collective Courage)

We formed the Louisville Association for Community Economics (LACE) to foster the growth of community-owned initiatives in Louisville. We believe cooperative economics can transform our community, and the Louisville Community Grocery is our first project.   LACE is a 501(c)(3), so any donations are tax deductible.

Want to learn more about cooperative economics? Visit our online Cooperative Education center.

Members of LACE are individuals from all backgrounds of life and areas of Louisville who believe the community should be at the center of our social and economic systems. By joining LACE you can support our mission to open a community-owned grocery store in Louisville by bringing your unique talents and strengths.

Check out what our counterparts at the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance have done!

The Structure of LACE

LACE is led by a dedicated leadership team, with experiences ranging from cooperative business to community development to urban agriculture.

Our members include community activists, business people, students, teachers, and farmers – and we strive to make LACE a welcoming place for all people.

When you join LACE you have the opportunity to join a specific committee that matches your interests and strengths.

Join LACE and Support Louisville’s growing Community of Cooperatives!

 Outreach & Ownership

This committee shares the evolving vision for the cooperative economy with neighbors, media, and community groups around Louisville, and is driving the Ownership campaign for the Louisville Community Grocery

Some tasks of the Community Outreach committee include:

  • Media & Public Relations
  • Go to events and meet people.
  • Recruit Co-op Owners
  • Manage social media and communications

Market Research and Real Estate

This committee works on researching the future home of the co-op. Some tasks of the Market Research and Real Estate committee include:

  • Use the results of our market research to assess sites
  • Explore options for leasing, owning, building new, or remodeling a site.
  • Negotiate a lease or purchase agreement.
  • Create an initial site plan and store design
  • Begin the bidding selection process for an architect and building contractors.
  • Hire a project manager to oversee implementation after a site has been secured.

Finance and Fundraising

This committee is responsible for identifying the best mechanisms to raise and organize capital.

Financing for the cooperative will come from local and national sources. We are raising money through ownership shares, grassroots fundraising, private and public grants and investments, loans, and other sources, including crowdfunding.

Support the Louisville Community Grocery

Not ready to join LACE but still want to support the Louisville Community Grocery initiative? Visit our Get Involved page to learn more about opportunities to engage with us and the community.

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