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Delta Communities: Investments in Local Food in the Delta

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Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
Time:  10 a.m.- 1 p.m. CT
Location: The Bank
123 East Second St.
Clarksdale, Miss. 38614 (map it)

In recent years, consumers have become increasingly interested in where their food comes from and how their food dollars can provide greater support for local food-related businesses and farmers. Over this same time period, policymakers and practitioners have gained new insights into the potential for regional food systems to promote economic growth for both rural and urban communities through the creation of new or the enhancement of existing jobs and businesses. Regional food system stakeholders have also learned that, with appropriately targeted policies and support, the associated opportunities can advance the economic and financial security of low- and moderate-income households and communities.

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agencies of Rural Development and the Agricultural Marketing Service have released Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities. This publication explores these recent findings, highlights models for collaboration between policymakers, practitioners and the financial community, and discusses research, policy and resource gaps that, if addressed, might contribute to the success of regional food systems strategies.

During this event, experts will discuss the insights provided by the book and how communities in the Delta region can use food systems to advance economic growth.

Participation in this session is free; however, registration is required by Friday, Nov. 10, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Lisa Locke at 502-568-9292 or

Delta Communities Initiative

With an aim of strengthening communities across the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region, the St. Louis Fed launched the Delta Communities initiative to build awareness through regional forums of promising tools and strategies for community and economic development. The meetings feature presentations from St. Louis Fed staff and regional and national representatives with experience in building and sustaining community and economic development efforts. Four additional forums have been scheduled through the beginning of 2018. Please hold these dates:


  • Nov. 15
  • Dec. 7


  • Jan. 18
  • Feb. 28

Representatives from financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, chambers of commerce, government entities and other local leaders are welcome to participate. While the forums will be held in Clarksdale, Miss., leaders from communities across the Delta region are encouraged to attend.