NASCO  provides education, outreach and project management support to individuals, groups, and developers wanting to create resident-controlled, affordable housing co-operatives – usually student, youth, or campus-oriented.   NASCO  Development Services also assists new or existing co-ops in obtaining acquisition and gap financing, as well as permanent funding and refinancing packages, usually on a fee-for-service or success fee basis. The Development Services program aims to support proactively those groups who have been underserved – including low-income, minority, differently-abled, working, and re-entry students.   We  believe that cooperative development and cooperative living transform peoples’ lives by [...]

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Rocky Mountain Farmers Union

The RMFU Cooperative & Economic Development Center was formed in 1995. During the past decade as an integral part of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Co-op Center has worked with and facilitated the growth of over 80 cooperatives, LLCs, and other associations and partnerships across Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Currently over 50% of those businesses are still in operation today. Highlights of this effort are the Colorado Farm and Art Market, Family Farmers Seed Cooperative, Organic Seed Alliance, Mountain States Lamb Cooperative, La Montanita Food Cooperative and the High Plains [...]

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Alaska Cooperative Development Center

The Alaska Cooperative Development Program was organized with the goal to foster development of cooperative business enterprises in Rural Alaska, and to help Alaska producers and consumers to use cooperatives to provide economic base activities that can spur rural economic development. The program has been funded by the US Department of Agriculture, through a Rural Cooperative Development Grant. The Program is managed jointly by Hans Geier of the e Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Andrew Crow of the Center for Economic Development at the University of Alaska [...]

By |2017-10-06T01:33:41-08:00September 24th, 2017|Comments Off on Alaska Cooperative Development Center

The Kohala Center

The Kohala Center ( is an independent, not-for-profit, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. We turn research and ancestral knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. The Kohala Center was established in direct response to the request of island residents and island leaders to create greater educational and employment opportunities by caring for—and celebrating—Hawai‘i Island’s natural and cultural landscape. Today, we focus on cultivating shared leadership in local communities through conservation, education, and economic development programs. As part of our economic development efforts, we launched our Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services (RCBDS, [...]

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Cooperative Catalyst of New Mexico

Our Vision is of a culture throughout New Mexico which supports wealth building and a more just economic system, with economic opportunities available to people from diverse areas and populations and in communities throughout the State. Our Mission is to empower communities and individuals to create local wealth, catalyzing and fostering local cooperatives through technical, management, education / training and financial support. We aim to catalyze the creation of a generative cooperative ecosystem

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Nebraska Cooperative Development Center

The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center is Nebraska’s center for cooperative based business development. NCDC provides education, training, and technical assistance to cooperatively owned businesses, be it a cooperative, an LLC, or other business structure.We are committed to creating sustainable communities in Nebraska where people work together to meet their needs and reach their goals. Our center provides technical assistance, education, and training for developing and existing groups. Our services are available for all types of business enterprises. For over a decade the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Coop-erative Development Center (NCDC) has been [...]

By |2019-04-10T14:29:19-08:00September 21st, 2017|Comments Off on Nebraska Cooperative Development Center

Shared Capital Cooperative

Shared Capital Cooperative is a national loan fund and federally certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides financing to cooperative businesses and housing throughout the United States. Shared Capital’s mission is to build a just, equitable and democratic economy by investing in cooperative enterprise with a focus on providing financing to co-ops to create wealth in low-income and economically disadvantaged communities. Shared Capital is a cooperative association, democratically owned and governed by its members, with 237 cooperatives in 35 states.  By borrowing from and investing in the fund, members directly engage in [...]

By |2019-04-10T14:29:32-08:00September 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Shared Capital Cooperative
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