Forum On Regional Planning For Local Food Systems

June 26, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)
1299 Superior Avenue 3rd Floor Meeting Room
Cleveland, OH 44114

Featured Speaker:

Brian Williams, Agriculture Specialist, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission



Bob Brown, City Planning Consultant (Former Director of City Planning for Cleveland)

Brian Gwin, Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center

Elsa Higsby, Grow Youngstown

Courtney Johnson, Ashtabula Food Council


Increasingly, interest in local food systems development has stimulated new approaches to municipal and regional planning. A healthy local food system emerges at the nexus of responsible land-use planning and farmland preservation, infrastructure planning and logistics, economic development, vacant land and building re-utilization, and neighborhood food access. Local food systems are inherently regional. Supply chains, supporting infrastructure for distribution or processing, and waste re-utilization often occur across multiple counties. Is there a role for urban and regional planning in healthy food systems development? Can Metropolitan Planning Organizations play a role in supporting cross-regional connections to foster the growth of the local food economy? How do local food systems work in the fragmented municipal and county landscape of Northeast Ohio?


Featured speaker Brian Williams, Agriculture Specialist from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, will share his experiences working to facilitate regional collaboration in the greater Columbus area. Panelists in Northeast Ohio will share their thoughts on challenges and opportunities in Northeast Ohio’s emerging local food economy.


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Event limited to 45 participants. 

Working Group(s): 
Community Food Assessment