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Local Foods, Local Places

Local Foods, Local Places is a program supported by EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. Together, the agencies are investing $800,000 in the Local Foods, Local Places program, which aims to:


From June 9 to July 15, 2014, communities were invited to apply to Local Foods, Local Places, for direct technical support to develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization. (Read the announcement.) On December 3, 2014, 26 communities were selected:


  • Ajo, Arizona
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Barbourville, Kentucky
  • Canton, New York
  • Clarksdale, Mississippi
  • Fallon, Nevada
  • Flippin, Arkansas
  • Forest County, Pennsylvania
  • Hazard, Kentucky
  • Idabel Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma
  • Itta Bena, Mississippi
  • Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Loyal, Wisconsin
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Osceola, Arkansas
  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Tracy City, Tennessee
  • Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Unity, Maine
  • Vinton, Texas
  • Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Williamson, West Virginia
  • Youngstown, Ohio

Special consideration was given to communities that are in the early stages of developing or restoring local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities. Selected communities in Appalachia and the Delta region are also eligible to receive financial assistance to help them implement those plans.

Read the press release.

Local Foods, Local Places builds on the ARC-EPA-USDA Livable Communities in Appalachia partnership, which works to promote economic development, preserve rural lands, and increase access to locally grown food in Appalachian towns and rural communities.

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