Lane County Local Food Market Analysis
The Lane County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the City of Eugene, Eugene Water and Electric Board, and the University of Oregon, funded the “Lane County Local Food Market Analysis.” The award winning project, which was prepared by the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop, provides an analysis of how food grown, processed, distributed and sold in the county can boost the local economy.
EWEB has secured land for a 90-acre demonstration farm and pursued grants to help agricultural producers protect water quality while increasing revenue. See more about the Berggren Demonstration Farm here: http://berggrendemonstrationfarm.wordpress.com/
The City of Eugene Community Development Division, Lane County Economic Development and Lane County Public Health believe a highly accessible year-round public market and/or food hub could directly benefit the community’s health, well-being, and prosperity. The City of Eugene and Lane County partnered with the Community Planning Workshop at the U of O to complete a market analysis. The goal was to provide the public with factual information to support a community conversation about the potential for a public market and/or food hub, and to illuminate larger strategic opportunities for collaboration and partnering of resources. Read the Market Analysis here.
Oregon Food Processing TEAM
The Oregon Food Processing Team was established in 2011 to leverage resources and create a more aggressive and strategic industry recruitment effort.
Oregon's TEAM mission is to identify growing and expanding food processors, develop relationships and generate business recruitment leads. At the same time, we are supporting our existing food producers by developing stronger resources and valuable information about their industry.
Today, the Oregon Food Processing TEAM is collecting industry data and valuable resources designed to help recruit, retain and expand the multi-million dollar food processing industry in Oregon.
The Oregon TEAM is strategically positioned to support the food processing industry in our local communities. Together, we send a strong message to out-of-state companies that Oregon is open for business and that we will welcome their business to expand into our state.
Lane County’s Sarah Case currently co-leads the Oregon TEAM and is responsible for much of the long term strategic planning, as well as the daily tasks required for this successful economic development initiative.
For more information on the Oregon Food Processing TEAM please visit their website at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Team-Oregon/Food-Processing/