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Mayor: Worker co-ops can curb poverty

Mayor Lovely Warren wants to push forward with a plan to launch a network of businesses owned and operated by their workers — an idea meant to help build wealth and create jobs in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.

Warren said Tuesday that creating these for-profit, cooperatively-owned businesses will complement other anti-poverty work planned on the east side of the city this year.

City officials have been working with a consultant, the Democracy Collaborative, for about a year on this plan. The consultant has done similar work in Cleveland and other cities.

Warren plans to ask City Council next month for $150,000 to keep working with the collaborative and start carrying out a co-op plan this year. City Council approved an initial $100,000 for the co-op project about a year ago.

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