New Recipes for Job Growth
Now that the season for indulgence is upon us, it is a good time to explore how food impacts our communities. In light of the current economic downturn, it is important to seek opportunities for job growth in new and expanding business sectors. In southeastern Wisconsin, opportunities within the local food economy are rapidly expanding. Food manufacturing, distribution and urban agriculture are major employers and are continuing to grow and evolve. It’s imperative that we need to take notice if we are to capitalize on their economic development and job-growth potential.
For the past 10 years, the Urban Economic Development Association (UEDA) has hosted its Community Development Summit, focusing on various topics that impact the economic climate in southeastern Wisconsin. This year, on November 29th, the Summit will issue a call-to-action to southeastern Wisconsin, to come together and develop a plan of action to ensure that our region, and most notably our urban communities, builds upon the growth of this industry and commits to working toward enhancing the economic potential of the food sector. As additional advancements and investments are made in this sector, the greater Milwaukee region needs ensure that we are at the table to bring jobs and economic development related to this industry’s growth back to our communities.
As a region, we must come together to create an environment that will produce opportunities for job growth in the food sector. As a community, we need to take advantage of every opportunity to create local jobs that benefit our communities. Food manufacturing and urban agriculture not only create local jobs, they often connect low-income neighborhoods with fresh, locally-produced, healthful food options.
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Guest post by: Bill Johnson Sr, Executive Director, Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (UEDA)