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Obama Administration Partnering with 27 Communities to Include Jackson, Tennessee to Boost Local Foods, Neighborhood Revitalization Local Foods, Local Places encourages creative economic development in rural and urban communities in 22 states

Release Date: 01/25/2016
Contact Information: Jason McDonald, (main) 404-562-9203, (email) mcdonald.jason@epa.gov

(01/25/2016 - ATLANTA)–Today, on behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined together to announce 27 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative helping people create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods through local food enterprise. Under Local Foods, Local Places, a team of experts will help community members set goals and plan projects like farmers markets, local food cooperatives, community gardens, and other food-related business that can boost local economies and drive neighborhood revitalization.

Jackson, Tennessee, plans to create a school-based farmers market using food from the local high school’s garden and to connect the West Tennessee Farmers Market with surrounding neighborhoods to improve local food access and increase economic opportunity for farmers.

The selected communities were chosen from more than 300 applicants. Together, they will receive technical assistance valued at $850,000.

The White House Rural Council and six federal agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority, joined together to announce the selection of the communities.

Each Local Foods, Local Places (LFLP) partner community works with a team of experts who help community members recognize local assets and opportunities, set goals for revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods, develop an implementation plan and then identify targeted resources from the participating federal agencies to help implement those plans.

Launched in 2014, LFLP has already helped 26 communities make a difference in people’s lives. With technical assistance through LFLP, participants are taking innovative approaches to common challenges, like launching business incubators to support food entrepreneurs and starting cooperative grocery stores to help revitalize main streets. They are developing centrally located community kitchens and food hubs to aggregate and market local foods. Through the integration of transportation and walkability planning they are connecting people to markets and local restaurants. Health outcomes are being targeted through school and community programs that teach children about nutrition, provide hands-on experience growing food and expand local markets and increase access to them through expanded use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

For more information on the initiative:
http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places

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