Food Policy Summit 2018-08-24T14:30:28+00:00

2018 Ohio Food Policy Summit: Developing and Financing Food Systems

Join us for the Eighth Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit, on Monday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

ABOUT

This year’s summit will focus on the financing, investment, and economic development potential of local food systems, with discussions centering around a recent report released by the Federal Reserve entitled “Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities.” This national framework will be applied to discussions on financial resources available for local and statewide efforts, exploring how it can be harnessed to build food systems and how to leverage the economic development potential of local food in Ohio. This event is dedicated to connecting food council members, policy-makers, finance and economic development specialists and all other stakeholders who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio.

REGISTRATION

Cost: $20 (click here to register)
No charge for undergraduate students with valid ID.
Scholarships are available.
Parking and lunch are included.

AGENDA

WELCOME (10:00am – 10:15am)

  • Jill Clark, Associate Professor, OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Amalie Lipstreu, Policy Program Coordinator, Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association
  • Beth Knorr, Director, Summit Food Coalition

HARVESTING OPPORTUNITY: NATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (10:15am – 11:15am)

  • Andrew Dumont, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Debbie Tropp, Deputy Director, Local Food Research and Development Division, AMS, USDA

Panelists will discuss the use of local and regional food strategies, and the drivers behind them, to advance community and economic development goals.

BREAK (11:15am – 11:25am)

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (11:25am – 12:30pm)

Session 1A:  BASICS OF FOOD SYSTEMS FINANCING

  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies  
  • Ryan Kozak, Managing Director & Group Head of Public Finance, Huntington Capital Markets and Founder & Board Chair, Food Conscious

Development finance is the efforts of local communities to support, encourage and catalyze expansion through public and private investment in the physical development, redevelopment and industry. Come to this session to learn the terms and the opportunities of using development finance for our food system.

Session 1B:  SUCCESSFULLY-FUNDED NON-PROFIT FOOD PROJECTS

  • John Garofalo, Vice-President, Community Investment, Akron Community Foundation
  • Beth Knorr, Director, Summit Food Coalition
  • Susan Beaudry, Director of Programs, Osteopathic Heritage Foundation
  • Carrie Carson, Food Partners Access Coordinator, Appalachian Accessible Food Network

During this session we will hear from successfully funded food-related nonprofit projects in Ohio, how those investments came about, the current status of each project, and how to build successful funder relationships.

Session 1C:  LOCAL FOOD, LOCAL DOLLARS: INVESTING IN OHIO’S VALUE CHAIN

  • Andrew Dumont, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank
  • Debbie Tropp, Deputy Director, Local Food Research and Development Division, AMS, USDA
  • Brian Williams, Principal, Local Nexus

Continue the conversation from the morning panel, with a focus on Ohio. We begin by asking: What are the missing services in Ohio? How should we go about developing a holistic plan to address gaps? How do we get local, regional, and state buy-in?

LUNCH (12:30pm – 2:00pm)

OPEN NETWORKING (12:30pm – 1:15pm)

FARM BILL AND FOOD SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT (1:15pm – 2:00pm)

  • Jonathan McCracken, Legislative Aide for Senator Sherrod Brown

This session will provide an overview of the current status of the 2018 Farm Bill negotiations, highlight the Local Agriculture Market Program which includes Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program as well as the new Regional Food Economy Partnership and speak to the role of food councils and advocates in shaping and reconstituting local and regional food systems.

HISTORY MATTERS: UNDERSTANDING THE LEGACY OF INSTITUTIONALIZED DISINVESTMENT ON COMMUNITY HEALTH (2:00pm – 2:30pm)

  • Jason Reece, Assistant Professor, OSU Knowlton School, City and Regional Planning

Why do we see such stark differences between neighborhoods? A hidden history of structural discrimination has shaped today’s geography of opportunity. The talk will discuss the factors shaping this landscape and how our history should inform contemporary community building.

BREAK (2:30pm – 2:40pm)

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (2:40pm – 3:45pm)

Session 2A:  DO YOU WANT TO JOIN A STATEWIDE FPC ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN?

  • Amalie Lipstreu, Policy Program Coordinator, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
  • Carol Smathers, Field Specialist, Youth Nutrition and Wellness, OSU Extension
  • Beth Knorr, Director, Summit Food Coalition
  • Tevis Foreman, Director, Produce Perks Midwest

Join the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and issue leaders from Columbus to discuss creating a statewide food policy advocacy agenda. Michaela Oldfield, Director of the GCRFPC, will present a platform proposal and framework for developing statewide collective work. The issue leaders will briefly review what their organizations’ interests and capacities are. Then there will be open discussion of if and how FPCs across Ohio can work together to impact policy in the statehouse.

Session 2B:  SUCCESSFULLY-FUNDED ENTREPRENEURIAL FOOD PROJECTS

  • Lela Klein, Executive Director, Greater Dayton Union Co-op Initiative and Board Member, Gem City Market
  • Shaun Hamilton, System Director of Community Benefits, Premier Health
  • Anne Geggie, Vice President of Lending, Finance Fund

During this session we will hear from successfully funded food-related entrepreneurial projects and funders in Ohio, how those investments came about, the current status of each project, and how to build successful funder relationships.

Session 2C:  EQUITY IN PRACTICE

  • Jason Reece (Moderator), Assistant Professor, OSU Knowlton School, City and Regional Planning
  • Deonna Barnett, Executive Director, INCREASE CDC
  • Melinda Carter, Columbus Director, Minority Business Assistance Center
  • J. Averi Frost, Executive Director, Central Ohio African American Chamber of Commerce
  • Jerome Jones, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center

Continue the conversation from lunch! Learn about equity in practice and access to financing for socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

BREAK (3:45pm – 4:00pm)

OHIO’S FOOD SYSTEM FINANCING AGENDA (4:00pm – 5:00pm)

  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO of Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Gubernatorial Candidates, invited

Our last plenary session is the start of a food system financing agenda for Ohio.

ADJOURN (5:00pm)