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Nebraska Cooperative Development Center – Twenty Years Strong

by Charlotte Narjes

Since 1999, the Nebraska Cooperative Development Center has provided technical assistance, education and training to groups who are developing or are considering the development of a cooperatively owned business. The primary objective has been and is to improve the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative business development. NCDC continues to be committed to working with communities and organizations from idea formation to implementation.

As we reflect on the 20th year of the Center, this article revisits the cooperative model. Often in economics, cooperatives are described as formed for a market failure. That may be the case, but that failure creates an opportunity to work together. Working together is a Nebraska way of doing things. The flood has emphasized that and the Nebraska Strong slogan. The model in rural communities may be the best solution and approach regardless of the situation.

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NCDC Impact

The Nebraska Cooperative Development Center has had the privilege of working with rural Nebraska organizations & businesses for 20 years.

Jim Crandall and Elaine Cranford were integral in providing excellent services since the beginning. Jim Crandall has retired and Elaine Cranford has transitioned to a new career. Today, Charlotte Narjes, Cindy Houlden and Skylar Falter are focused on building upon the past successes as NCDC moves forward.

A critical component of planning for the future of NCDC is evaluating the past impacts.

With assistance from Becky Vogt with the Rural Poll, NCDC is working to discover how entities assisted by NCDC are contributing to their local and to the Nebraska economy. We look forward to hearing the stories and sharing the data with our constituents later this year.

Nebraska Cooperative Development Center Contacts

Charlotte Narjes: cnarjes1@unl.edu
402-472-1724

Cindy Houlden: choulden2@unl.edu
308-293-6417 (cell)

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