About Us

Empowering people to create a local democratic economy through the formation of a comprehensive network of cooperatives!


To promote the cooperative model for a broad spectrum of community endeavors including, but not limited to:

  • worker owned business cooperatives
  • consumer cooperatives
  • housing cooperatives
  • producer cooperatives
  • purchasing cooperatives
  • social mission advocacy cooperatives; and
To provide developmental assistance to cooperative endeavors; and
To create an interactive system of mutual support within the community of cooperative endeavors.

The Arizona Cooperative Development Corporation will:

  • Provide education to the general public about the benefits of cooperative enterprises;
  • Provide developmental support at all levels of coop formation and operation;
  • Provide education and training to coop members;
  • Create a revolving fund to assist in the financial startup and expansion of cooperatives; and
  • Create opportunities for coops to share resources and work together to strengthen their interdependence.
General Information

Definition: A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. Values: Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

4 thoughts on “About Us

    1. Roger, I am also starting a cooperative and have some questions. I started a cooperative in Hawaii, and I have the paperwork. I just want a little direction on who to contact and where to go to present the papers.
      I can figure it out by myself though. It might be better if we worked together to figure out how to start a coop.
      I checked the box below to receive any replies to this message.
      Edward Lambert

      1. Hi there,

        I am very sorry for the delay but we are just getting started and it’s all a voluntary effort. We will keep you posted about the developments of our initiative. While this upcoming event might not be about the exact cooperative that you want to create but it’s an event around cooperatives and those seem rare in AZ so you might want to attend:

        We hope that you will join us for the agricultural cooperatives training we have scheduled for Thursday, June 19 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension. The training will be led by Luis Sierra from the California Center for Cooperatives Development.
        Topics to be covered:
        • Cooperatives as a distinct form of business
        • Steps to starting a cooperative
        • Guidelines for working with potential cooperatives
        • Resources available to support cooperative development

        To register, please visit:

        This is a great opportunity for all of us, I really hope you join us!

        Kelly Murray Young
        Assistant Agent, Agroecology
        University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
        Maricopa County

        4341 E. Broadway Rd.
        Phoenix, AZ 85040

        602-827-8219 office
        602-827-8292 fax
        602-390-0651 cell/text


        Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arizonaagroecology

Leave a Reply