Regional Community and Economic Development Forum (RCEDF)

Staff Coordinator(s): Karen Cilurso
Meeting Frequency: 2-3 times a year

The Regional Community and Economic Development Forum meets on a periodic basis to 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) committee.


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

EDA EPA

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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