Karen CilursoMeeting Frequency:
2-3 times a year
Regional Community and Economic Development Forum meets on a periodic
address current issues in land use, housing, economic development, and
transportation in the Delaware Valley region. The Regional Community and
Economic Development Forum represents a merger of the Land
Use and Housing
Committee (LUHC) and the Land
Use, Transportation, and Economic Development (LUTED)
The Intersection of Food & Local Economic Development
Growing Greater Philadelphia Webinar Series
In partnership with U.S. EDA Philadelphia and U.S. EPA, Region II and III
This Webinar Series will help chart pathways within the emerging sector of urban agriculture, between small businesses, entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, food industry partners, local downtown improvement districts, and government agencies. The Intersection of Food and Local Economic Development Webinar Series is designed for those directly involved in urban agriculture, along with those that are interested in increasing and supporting local agriculture throughout the region. Each webinar will provide space for participants to share input on the goals and actionable project concepts stemming from the region’s Growing Greater Philadelphia Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The webinars will take place on Wednesdays over the four-week period of March 17-April 7, 2021. This event is free, but registration is required for each individual webinar.
Infrastructure: Understanding Where We Are & What We Need
Reliable infrastructure is needed to establish and grow accessible and affordable urban agriculture businesses. Infrastructure needs for urban agriculture include, but are not limited to, acquisition of land and indoor structures, clean water, and environmentally friendly energy sources. This webinar will highlight how agencies at all levels of government and the private sector are investing to ensure that infrastructure needs are met.
This event has been approved for 2.0 AICP Credits. APA Event # 9212156
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Welcome Remarks: Ms. Diana Esher, Acting Regional Director, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III; Ms. Linda Cruz-Carnall, Regional Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), Philadelphia Office; and Ms. Samantha Beers, Director, Office of Enforcement Compliance and Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region III.
Discussion led by Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green, Co-Founder, Think and Grow Farms, LLC
Additional Speakers: Ms. Emily Yates, Smart Cities Director, City of Philadelphia; Mr. Phillip T. Eastman, Jr., Senior Manager, Economic & Business Development, PECO; Ms. Denise Coleman, State Conservationist (Pennsylvania), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Expanding Agricultural Opportunities through Facilities and Land Trusts
Urban gardens and farms are located throughout many cities across the country. They have come into existence primarily to help address food insecurities in our economically distressed communities. The urban agriculture trend has taken hold and is evolving into a new business sector, both large and small. This webinar will bring together private and public sector experts to discuss the current state of urban agriculture, including networks with rural producers, supply chains, indoor versus outdoor facilities, and challenges and successes.
This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP Credits. APA Event # 9212083
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Discussion led by Mr. Ajit Mathew George, Founder and Managing Partner, Second Chance Farms
Additional speakers:Mr. Andrew Taylor, EPA Regions, Smart Sectors; Mr. Damon Weiss, P.E., Principal, Ethos Collaborative; Mr. John S. Watson, Jr. Senior Director Statewide Land Protection & Community Relations, New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Perfecting Food Cooperative Business Models
Food cooperatives are democratically owned by their members, so success is often measured according to social responsibility principles of these member-owners. Cooperative business models should ensure economic success, but other goals such as sustainability, accessibility, and environmental stewardship are also important. This webinar will allow for participants to learn from replicable food cooperatives about developing and executing successful business models.
This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP Credits. APA Event # 9212084
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Panel discussion led by Ms. Maura Shenker, Director, Small Business Development Center, Temple University
Additional speakers: Ms. Danelle Hughson, Executive Director, Grow Pittsburgh; Dr. Serpil Guran, Ph.D., Director, Rutgers Eco Complex Clean Energy Innovation Center; Ms. Loree D. Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Philabundance
From Plan to Implementation: Charting a Course of Action
Building off DVRPC’s Growing Greater Philadelphia CEDS Action Plan, this webinar is the last in the series and will focus on how to develop specific and relevant projects that will connect agriculture practitioners to viable markets for meaningful commerce and trade. Speakers will highlight how to create pathways to ensure the necessary skills and procedures are developed.
This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP Credits. APA Event # 9212158
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Panel discussion led by Ms. Meredith Taylor, Research Associate, Office of Urban Extension and Engagement, Center for Agricultural and Food Ecosystems (RU-CAFE), Rutgers University
Additional speakers: Mr. Alan Miller, Manager, Community Collaborative Initiative (CCI), NJ Department of Environmental Protection; Mr. Jonathan Wetstein, Roots to Market & Roots to Prevention Manager, Parkside Business & Community in Partnership; Ms. Bridget Phifer, Executive Director, Parkside Business & Community in Partnership; Mr. Michael Joynes, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Philadelphia Works