The NECC provides a means where cooperative leaders come together to discuss issues of concern, i.e. cooperative governance and fiduciary responsibilities, member relations, industry trends, risk management, etc. Leaders note that informal networking opportunities at NECC events build relationships, which result in greater ease when formalizing business agreements. Student participation at NECC activities has led to students obtaining employment with cooperatives post-graduation.
The Council has a strong affiliation with Cornell University, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Efforts of the Council have lead to the Cornell Cooperative Business Management class for graduate and undergraduate students taught each spring. The Council collaborates with the Cooperative Enterprise Program to develop and provide educational programs for members. The NECC’s Cooperative Leadership Fund is a donor advised fund managed by the Cornell University Foundation. The Council also works to build the knowledge of faculty and students enrolled in colleges and universities throughout its service area.
The NECC is a member of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. advocating for issues important to agricultural cooperatives and affiliated with the National Conference of State Cooperative Councils, a member organization of 20 cooperative councils operating throughout the U.S.
NECC membership is available to agricultural and electric cooperatives and Farm Credit Associations headquartered or doing business in the Northeastern U.S. Dues are a sliding scale based on gross sales volume. The NECC welcomes professionals who consult and advise cooperatives operating in the Northeast.
To learn how to join the NECC, contact Bobbie Severson, Executive Secretary