West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will present a luncheon program examining the importance of food systems in economic development and community sustainability on Monday, January 13, at Downtown Market from 12 to 2 pm. Featured speakers include Dan Carmody, President of Detroit’s Eastern Market. The program is presented by Progressive AE with additional support from Downtown Market.
Carmody will use Detroit as a case study to discuss how the food sector can create new ventures and jobs, while helping to reposition food in the consciousness of consumers. He believes that developing stronger regional food systems can improve both the physical and economic health of our metropolitan areas.
A thirty five-year career in downtown and neighborhood revitalization began in 1977 in Rock Island, IL where Dan grew Renaissance Rock Island into one of the Midwest’s leading community-based development organizations. Since 2007 Carmody has served as President of Detroit’s Eastern Market Corporation (EMC) where he leads the non-profit charged with converting one of Detroit’s most venerable institutions into the nation’s most inclusive, resilient, and robust regional food hub. EMC seeks to leverage its long history of retail and wholesale markets, an adjacent cluster of local food businesses, and crop diversity from Michigan, Ontario, Ohio to radically fortify regional food systems.
EMC works with a wide variety of partners to build a great urban neighborhood around the market, to increase the supply of and demand for healthy food throughout Detroit, and to create new ventures and employment throughout the food supply chain.
Other speakers include Melissa Harrington of Fulton Street Farmers Market and Crystal Lecoy of Downtown Market. Plus, the latest video from the Sustainable Design Committee and the launch of the WMSBF Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.