Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a co-op of co-ops! We are worker co-ops, food co-ops, housing co-ops, artist co-ops, credit unions, energy co-ops, and school co-ops across the Philadelphia region.


Our mission is to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy.

Our Vision

We envision a vibrant and growing network of cooperative enterprises that operate in all sectors of the economy to build a better world—providing essential services, strengthening democratic organizations, creating quality jobs, building community wealth, reducing poverty, strengthening our local economy, protecting the environment and increasing community engagement.


What is a co-op?

» a co-op is a business:

» democratically owned by its members

» and controlled on a one-member, one-vote basis

Want to Start a Co-op?

Co-ops can be started by anyone, even you! Get together with your friends, family, or community and start a business!

Learn more

We've always been here

Cooperatives have been around for a long time, especially here in Philly! Learn more about the history of economic cooperation in our region.

Philly's Co-op History

Get to know us!

PACA is a co-op, too! Our members are diverse cooperatives and credit unions in the Philadelphia region.

Our Members