Consolidated Cooperative invests in the future of Central Ohio through Insight2050

Economic development initiative designed to help communities plan for dramatic growth in next 30 years

MOUNT GILEAD—Consolidated Cooperative is taking an active lead in local economic development efforts, most recently by participating in the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s Insight2050 Academy.

Consolidated Cooperative Economic Development Executive Brad Ebersole attended the six-week series that focused on small and rural communities. Insight2050 is the commission’s effort to prepare Central Ohio for a population influx of more than 1 million people and 300,000 additional jobs in the next 30 years.

“The Insight2050 Academy provided the tools and data about future trends in population, demographics, housing, and land use that I can share with communities to help them plan for smart growth,” Ebersole said. “Consolidated has been involved in local economic development for a long time, but taking part in Insight2050 will allow me to be another important resource for the communities we serve.”

Consolidated Cooperative is often looked to as a trusted advisor for communities, public officials, landowners, and developers, Ebersole said, so the co-op frequently takes advantage of opportunities to expand the expertise those groups rely on.

For more information about Consolidated Cooperative’s economic development initiatives, visit, or call the co-op at 800-421-5863.

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