National Cooperative Resource Ecosystem Map

Interactive Resource Map

This interactive map connects cooperative and economic developers, entrepreneurs, and policymakers with the cooperative resources in their communities.

photo of map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin with cooperative resources available

Cooperative Resources Lists

Download PDFs with state and national resources compiled by resource type by clicking on the boxes below.

example of cooperative resources by topic, in this case a list of cooperative associations

Download PDFs by Resource

Co-op Development

Cooperative development organizations provide assistance that encompasses both business and member development and education.

 

Statutes

Statutes

Cooperative incorporation statutes can vary significantly by state. This information is from the USDA’s Cooperative Statute Project, which is an ongoing effort using cooperative professionals to compile a comprehensive review of state cooperative statutes.

Co-op Associations

Cooperative associations provide education or advocacy within a sector.

 

 

Legal Support

Attorneys who specialize in working with cooperatives – coming soon!

Co-op Friendly Capital

These financing organizations are familiar with the unique characteristics of cooperative businesses and offer cooperative loan assistance or grant funding.

 

About this Project

The National Cooperative Resource Ecosystem Map is part of a broader University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives project called “Collective Action in Rural Communities: Mapping Opportunities for Cooperative Conversion and Start-up.” It is funded by the National Institute for Agriculture’s Agriculture Food Research Initiative.

This tool is intended to enhance opportunities for cooperative entrepreneurship and development by providing research-based information to cooperative and economic developers, rural entrepreneurs, and policy makers.

Information presented in the ecosystem maps is derived from UWCC research into what factors contribute to new co-op development. Analysis of existing rural cooperative clusters indicates that some of the major factors are the presence of co-op development organizations and associations, co-op friendly finance institutions, and organizations providing legal support. Project research activities have included interviews, co-op developer surveys, site visits, as well as professional expertise and additional UWCC research.

The statute information is from the USDA’s Cooperative Statute Project. This is an ongoing effort using cooperative professionals to compile a comprehensive review of state cooperative statutes. The National Cooperative Business Association maintains the USDA State Cooperative Statute Library in a spreadsheet that includes additional information about each state statute.”

Thank you to all who have contributed to the information presented in this project.

 

For more information about this project, please contact Esther West at ejwest@wisc.edu