chapter  8
Cooperative Community Development: A Comparative Case Study of Locality-Based Impacts of New Generation Cooperatives
ByCurtis W. Stofferahn
Pages 22

During the heyday of new generation cooperative (NGC) organizing, much was made of their

secondary impacts for the host community. The new wealth generated from adding value to

members’ production was supposed to stay in the community, rather than being transferred

out of state to a distant corporate headquarters whose investors’ only concern was rate of return.

Furthermore, the wealth was supposed to spill over into other community or economic develop-

ment activities (Egerstrom, 2001). The secondary impacts of NGCs would be the community

impacts via job creation, an improved tax base, a growing population, increased sales at retail

establishments, improvement and growth in housing stock, and so on. The possibility of securing

these secondary impacts enticed community development corporations to work closely with the

organizers of NGCs by providing land, some capital, and infrastructure needed for the physical

plants.