Main Street and Regional Food System Development

| Monday, May 19 | 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Room: Ambassador Salon I | Session Tracks: U, EI

Regional food systems are emerging as important civic building blocks just like downtown development and water shed management did thirty years ago. Detroit's Eastern Market is one of the nation’s most comprehensive regional food hubs. Its vision is to become the nation's most inclusive, resilient, and robust regional food hub. Join Market leader Dan Carmody along with W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and other national Food & Community Forum leaders in a thoughtful discussion around developing regional food systems. 


Dan Carmody, Detroit Eastern Market Corporation
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.