FPC Working with Bush Consulting on the Sustainable Food Business Cluster Project

FPC in partnership with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability will be working with Bush Consulting of Salem, Ohio to complete an analysis and roadmap of the food business cluster in Northeast Ohio with a focus on Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.  Brookings Institution defines clusters as "geographic concentrations of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a particular sector." After a competitive review process by a selection committee comprised of stakeholders from Bon Appetit Management Company, City of Cleveland, Office of the Cuyahoga County Executive, Cleveland Foundation, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Fund for Our Economic Future, George Gund Foundation, and Living Cities, Bush Consulting’s expertise in developing roadmaps in support of industry clusters in the region for water and advanced energy with NorTech and their recent work on the AgBio cluster for the Fund for Our Economic Future made them the top candidate.  The project will be conducted in three phases and leverage previous work and studies conducted on the local food economy in Northeast Ohio.  Components of the project include defining the industries within the cluster, developing an inventory of assets, analyzing local market demand and potential for exports, identifying the region’s competitiveness, and developing a series of recommendations for the Greater Cleveland community with a focus on policy.  We'll be sharing updates as the project progresses on our website and through our newsletter.