We Help You Expand, Diversify and Improve

tractor pulling circular bales of hayAs our name implies, the work of CDS involves “developing cooperatives.” So it’s likely no surprise that our clients are existing cooperatives that seek to expand, diversify, or improve in some aspect of their operations or governance. We also help groups that want to form new cooperatives.

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As our name implies, the work of CDS involves “developing cooperatives.” So it’s likely no surprise that our clients are existing cooperatives that seek to expand, diversify, or improve in some aspect of their operations or governance. We also help groups that want to form new cooperatives. In fiscal year 2016, CDS provided organizational or business development assistance 102 existing co-ops and 27 start-up groups. It was a busy year!

CDS Report on Food Hubs in Minnesota

Under a contract with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Development Services in 2016 reviewed national trends and reports regarding food hubs, and augmented that with interviews of food hub operators in Minnesota.  Our report highlights new roles being played in the local food system by non-profit organizations, and assesses the challenges faced by food hubs in getting to sustainable economic sale.  The full study is available for download in PDF format. 

An Assessment of Housing Cooperatives in the Upper Midwest

In 2013-14, CDS reviewed the status of several housing co-op sectors present in MN, WI and IA.  We'd like to thank the National Cooperative Bank for funding this study. The study is available for download in PDF format.

Cooperatives in Economic Development

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CDS commissioned a 2014 survey of community and economic developers in Minnesota and Wisconsin to gauge their knowledge about and interest in cooperative businesses as a solution to various issues of community development. The full study is available for download in PDF format.

CDS Case Study of the Cooperative Local Foods System

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Cooperative Development Services has completed a case study of the cooperative food system in the Twin Cities with particular focus on this as a local foods system operating at scale. Authored by Joan Stockinger of CDS and Dave Gutknecht of Cooperative Grocer magazine with funding provided by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the full study is available for download in PDF format.  

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