Welcome to CDI

We make democratic ownership work for everyone.

Cooperative Development Institute (CDI) is the source for cooperative business development in the Northeast. CDI’s mission is to build a cooperative economy through the creation and development of successful cooperative enterprises and networks in diverse communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York.

Cooperative Development Institute staff specialize in helping people work together to plan and launch a cooperatively owned business. We help existing privately held businesses convert to ones owned by their employees or the consumers of their products and services, we help start-up cooperatives, and we support existing cooperative businesses.

Our organization provides education, training and technical assistance to cooperatively-structured enterprises in all business sectors: food, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, housing, energy, arts, retail, service, health, and more. Find out more about CDI’s consultation services and our educational and training programs.

CDI fully supports the statement of values and principles adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). CDI’s work is also guided by the Madison Principles, professional standards set by cooperative development leaders in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA’s TARGET Center at 202/720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Two Stories of Resident-Owned Communities Making Waves in Vermont

Bunker Hill Cooperative: Pioneering The First of its Kind Disaster-Preparedness Plan in Vermont Here is a fascinating story of a housing co-op community coming together and doing things a bit differently than the mainstream. Keep in mind that just a few years ago, the residents of the current Bunker Hill Community Cooperative were all almost […]

Cabot’s Campaign for Volunteerism: The Seventh Co-op Principle in Action

In Cabot’s most recent newsletter, they are talking the talk and walking the walk when it comes to volunteerism.  Whether you are an individual, company, non-profit, or co-op, Cabot is launching a volunteer rewards program app in order to support those who are hoping to better their communities through volunteerism.  In addition to the many […]

Agriculture Co-ops and the Crises in Food Systems

Check out this Greenhorns Radio Broadcast featuring, Dan Hobbs, who is a cooperative development specialist with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Cooperative and Economic Development Center. Dan talks about how seeding local agricultural cooperatives can address many of the local and global crisis facing food systems.  Furthermore, he provides an incredibly informed overview of agricultural […]