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The Rural Electric and Telecommunications Development Center

Our Mission:  Add new wealth to the economy by creating, retaining, and expanding rural cooperatives and other primary sector business enterprises.

The Rural Electric and Telecommunications Development Center has been providing federally-supported technical assistance to rural areas since 1994. Operating under the umbrella of NDAREC and the North Dakota Association of Telecommunications Cooperatives (NDATC), the Center has come to be recognized as a major development player in North Dakota. We are networked with 16 electric cooperatives and 12 telecommunications co-ops in a statewide effort focusing on sustaining and growing rural areas. The local cooperatives assist the Center with rural development activities and community outreach. North Dakota’s rural electric and telecommunications cooperatives have been providing matching funds for the Center since 1994.

We promote and support development of cooperatives and economic development through consultation, technical assistance, financing programs and education. 

Services Available

  • Provide organizational and business development guidance
  • Business development analysis
  • Cooperative development strategies
  • Assist in obtaining start-up funds for research and development activities
  • Provide start-up administrative services
  • Provide professional referrals
  • Sponsor conferences and seminars for business cooperative directors and managers
  • Coordinate local and state rural development efforts

North Dakota Coordinating Council for Cooperatives (NDCCC)

The NDCCC has been established to promote and coordinate member-owned cooperatives across North Dakota. The council participates in events such as Co-op Day at the State Fair in July and Co-op Day at the Legislature and promotes Co-op Month in October. Board members include representatives from the ND rural electric and telephone cooperatives, ND Credit Union League, ND Farmers Union, Minn-Dak Sugarbeet Growers, Land O Lakes, and CHS Cooperatives.

Our Partners

Economic Development & Finance

Ag Products Utilization Commission

Manufacturing Technology Partnership

ND Development Fund

Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives

Ag Research Fund

Marketplace of Ideas

Sponsored by the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric and Telephone Cooperatives, the North Dakota Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, USDA Rural Development.

For overall rural development questions contact:
Lori Capouch, Economic Development Director

  North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives| 1.800.234.0518 |PO Box 727, Mandan, N.D. 58554 | |

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