What Works Webinar

April 18, 2012


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How to Cultivate Your City's Food Cluster

Too often, when people think about the food cluster their minds jump automatically to urban farming, restaurants or the growing food truck nation. But the food cluster is so much more than that—from production, processing and distribution to wholesaling, retail and food service—the food cluster’s entire taxonomy is a major segment of the U.S. economy. Across the U.S., more than 800,000 food and food-related establishments employ nearly 17 million people, 15% of national employment. These food companies are concentrated in small businesses: 91% have fewer than 50 employees. And because 60% of food cluster workers have high school diplomas or less, there is a low barrier of entry for lower-income and inner city residents, providing an equitable path to economic opportunity.

The What Works webinar will help economic development practitioners and city stakeholders better understand the complex taxonomy of the food cluster. Using a Boston (land-constrained) vs. Detroit (land-rich) case study, the presenters will highlight the significant opportunities for job creation within the emerging food cluster and how lessons can be applies to cities across the country


  • Teresa Lynch, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, ICIC 
  • Adina Astor, Director of Strategy, Nextstreet
  • Karen Karp, President of Karp Resources

Who Should Attend:
Mayors and their economic development teams, leaders of nonprofit organizations seeking to boost urban job creation and employment, visionaries from food organizations seeking to boost their impact in local communities, and all other interested economic development practitioners

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Cost: Free!


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PC-base attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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