> Aug 2 2013: Roadmap for City Food Sector Innovation and Investment

Local governments are increasingly interested in developing their local food systems to realize both local economic and job creation benefits and also public health, environmental and social benefits. But where and how to invest are often challenging questions for cities to answer.

This webinar explores a new set of tools developed by the Wallace Center and Changing Tastes, in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and Cities of Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.  This project was funded through the Innovation Fund of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a Project of the Global Philanthropy Partnership through the support of the Surdna and Summit Foundations.

The Roadmap and toolset provide cities with guidance for developing a local foods investment strategy and selecting the best investment opportunities to create new jobs and strengthen local businesses, while also increasing a community’s access to healthy, local and sustainably grown foods. The Roadmap outlines steps to establish a local vision, inventory and map their food assets and gaps, evaluate investment options and manage financial risk, as well as select municipal policies and initiatives that can improve the success of local food entrepreneurs and local businesses. In addition to the Roadmap contents, the webinar also presents a review of the range of local economic benefits of conventional and innovative food businesses found during the project’s comprehensive scan of local and national economic data on job creation and business viability in the food sector.

Presenters include Diana Sokolove, Food Systems Policy Manager with the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department, and Gayle Prest, Sustainability Director for the City of Minneapolis, both of whom served as city leads on the project and are members of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, along with Dr. John Fisk of the Wallace Center and Cynthia Pansing, CEO and Principal Partner of Changing Tastes.

Learn more about this webinar at NGFN.org/webinars, and browse the archive, featuring past and upcoming webinars.