Chautauqua Opportunities for Development, Inc. (CODI) is a non-profit certified CDFI that was established in 2003. CODI’s affiliate corporation, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. (COI), created and operated a microenterprise loan fund in 2000. In 2003, CODI was founded and all economic development programs, including lending activities, were transferred to CODI. It was certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in 2004 by the US Department of the Treasury and became a Community Development Entity in 2006. CODI’s primary mission is to make capital, training and technical assistance available to entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the Target Market of Chautauqua County, NY. Technical assistance is provided in both one-on-one and group formats. CODI also currently provides small personal loans to individuals to purchase appliances.
COI and CODI can work with local governments – cities, towns and villages to assess community needs, develop plans and seek out new resources to make every community in Chautauqua County a community of choice. Recent projects have included main street business development, comprehensive plan technical assistance, and partnering on business loans.
COI also works with grass roots groups and neighborhood organizations to re-build a community one block at a time. COI can assist with organizational development, neighborhood mobilization, community advocacy, and project development