About Us

we heart coopsWe are an all-volunteer Steering Committee dedicated to building PACA into a strong organization that can advance the cooperative movement in the Philadelphia area. In November 2014, we will transition to a formal elected board of directors.

To learn how you can contribute, visit the Get Involved page.

Our memberships

PACA is a member of:

Other tasks we are working on include:

  • 501(c)3 incorporation
  • conducting a study on the economic impact of cooperatives in collaboration with Haverford College
  • developing a loan fund for cooperatives
  • exploring starting a university center for the study of cooperatives

How PACA was formed

Born in the planning stages of the June 13, 2012 conference, the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance is continuing to make progress on its own organizational development in the midst of its varied projects. In February 2012 a commitment was made to creating a membership organization for area co-ops with a board and staff. In March PACA formulated its mission: “to improve the Philadelphia region by growing the cooperative economy.”

At our Nov 10, 2012 Co-op Summit we further discussed our vision, mission, and goals along with our membership structure and governance. Our new steering committee is now charged with the task of moving us forward including incorporation, bylaws, and member recruitment–as we continue with our projects: an economic impact study of regional co-ops, public policy initiatives, and the establishment of a co-op loan fund.