(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)
The Ohio Cooperative Development Center (OCDC) at the OSU South Centers was recently awarded funding to continue providing assistance to new and emerging cooperatives in Ohio and West Virginia. The funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, a competitive program that provides support to cooperative development centers across the nation that work to “improve the economic conditions of rural areas through cooperative development.”
In the upcoming year, OCDC will continue to focus cooperative development efforts in the Appalachian regions of Ohio and West Virginia, particularly in industries such as local and regional food and agriculture, energy, transportation, forest and wood products, and others. The center will provide services and resource linkages based on the individual needs of clients, developing an ongoing relationship with clients to ensure their continued success.
OCDC services will include:
• formation counseling
• member education
• bylaw development
• board training and consultation
• assistance with feasibility studies, strategic plan development,
business planning, and policy development
RCDG funding will also support OCDC’s 2015-2016 Seed Grant program, a matching grant program that provides funds to new and emerging cooperatives to support activities such as professional services, feasibility studies, development of marketing materials, and more.
If you would like to learn more about OCDC, please contact Hannah Scott at 740-289-2071 x227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.