Collective Action in Rural Communities: Mapping Opportunities for Cooperative Conversion and Start-up is a four-year research and extension project funded by the National Institute for Agriculture’s Agriculture Food Research Initiative. The goal of the project is to enhance opportunities for rural cooperative entrepreneurship by providing decision-making tools and research-based information to cooperative and economic developers, rural entrepreneurs, and policy makers.
Project activities include:
- Map existing cooperatives, recent cooperative start-ups, and conversions
- Identify clusters of robust cooperative activity in the United States
- Study environments that support cooperative development in each cluster and share lessons learned in case studies
- Create and disseminate mapping and assessment tools for use by regional cooperative and economic development centers
For more information about this project, please contact Esther West at firstname.lastname@example.org.