Cooperative Development Services
St. Paul, Minnesota
|Kevin Edberg, Executive Director
Gary Sloan, Chair
Cooperative Development Services (CDS) is a non-profit organization engaged in cooperative development in the United States. CDS works primarily with food cooperatives and senior housing cooperatives, providing consultation services and co-sponsoring conferences and programs for board members, managers and other professionals in the cooperative sector.
Cooperative Development Services was founded in 1985 by Rod Nilsestuen.
Cooperative Board Leadership Development (CBLD) is a program providing support to the boards of food cooperatives. CBLD works with cooperatives to help define the role that Boards play in relation to staff.
Policy Governance: A complete system of board leadership that is proactive, future-based and clearly differentiates between governance and management responsibilities. It empowers management while assuring accountability of performance.
Cooperative Development Services assists in the development of sustainable forestry cooperatives and associations. Since 1998, CDS has been involved in the formation of 25 forestry cooperatives. CDS has received nearly $1 million in grant assistance from the USDA's rural cooperative development grants program. CDS is a founding partner in WoodWorks, a network of organizations that provide services to forestry cooperatives.
Food Co-op 500
Food Co-op 500 is a program to increase the number of food cooperatives in the United States to 500 by 2015. As of 2009, there were approximately 300 food cooperatives in operation. The program is supported by CDS along with the National Cooperative Grocers Association and the National Cooperative Bank. CDS offers free outlines detailing the seven steps in forming a cooperative.
CDS works with agricultural and livestock businesses to create revenue through value-added products. The organization assists businesses in obtaining grants such as the Value-Added Producer Grants available through the USDA.
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