Report Issued for 2017 Local Foods, Local Places Summit

May 29, 2018


Local Foods, Local Places is a community-based economic development program that nurtures local and regional food systems, catalyzes economic growth, and improves environmental and public health outcomes by engaging with local partners to reinvest in existing neighborhoods. In 2014, Youngstown was awarded a planning grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Appalachian Regional Commission. The findings can be found here:


In 2017, Kathy Zook, Appalachian Regional Commission Program Manager at Eastgate, participated in a two-day summit in Washington D.C. of 33 communities to discusses the successes and challenges with different local food and community development approaches. Findings of the summit have been incorporated into a Local Foods, Local places Toolkit and other materials that can be found here: