University of Wisconsin–Madison

A Roadmap for City Food Sector Innovation and Investment

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Community Development, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Food, Health, Public Spaces
This report examines opportunities for cities to invest in innovative business models and approaches to address local food systems challenges. It suggests investing in supply-side infrastructure in rural areas, focusing on value addition from regional farms and technology development across the supply chain. The report suggests various strategies, such as providing technical assistance to food entrepreneurs, offering direct public financing, addressing land use barriers and zoning, and streamlining services for new ventures. The report also identifies key investment points, such as local/regional food hubs, food business technology companies, food business incubators, and farm-to-institution supporting businesses.

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