Cornhusker Economics

Using the Cooperative Business Model as an Economic Development Tool

Many rural areas are faced with the challenges of keeping their communities economically and socially vibrant in the face of declining populations and the loss of essential community businesses. The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center (NCDC) at UNL is focused on providing direct technical assistance to those in rural areas of Nebraska who want to build or preserve a business. The twist in the approach of the NCDC is that all the businesses assisted are developed and organized as multiple-owner businesses, primarily Cooperatives and Limited Liability Companies (LLC).  Cooperative ownership of a business may include a few people or well over 100, depending upon the kind of business created.   Read More»