Lane County Local Food Market Analysis
The Lane County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the City of Eugene, Eugene Water and Electric Board, and the University of Oregon, funded the “Lane County Local Food Market Analysis.” The award winning project, which was prepared by the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop, provides an analysis of how food grown, processed, distributed and sold in the county can boost the local economy.
Since the study was completed in August 2010, Lane County has distributed approximately $500,000 to local food projects, including expansion of distribution and processing facilities. This investment has helped to create more than 100 jobs resulting in a return on investment ratio of 1 job per $5000 – a superior return on investment in the economic development field.
In addition, EWEB has secured land for a 90-acre demonstration farm and pursued grants to help agricultural producers protect water quality while increasing revenue. See more about the Berggren Demonstration Farm here: http://berggrendemonstrationfarm.wordpress.com/
Check back in early 2014 for an updated Lane County Local Food Market Analysis
Lane County Food Cluster Survey
Lane County and the Lane Workforce Partnership partnered to complete a Local Food Industry Analysis. The goal of this project was to gather information from local food businesses across the supply chain to gauge interest level in expansion of the local industry and business needs. A survey was used to gather specific data related to the effort (see Lane County Food Cluster Survey Results). This project was funded through an Economic Development Administration grant to Lane County. Please contact Sarah Mizejewski 541-682-6503 or Sarah.Mizejewski@co.lane.or.us if you would like more information.
Regional Food Consortium
The Regional Food Consortium was convened in late 2011 by the Lane County Community and Economic Development Division. The makeup of the group has evolved over time and now includes representatives from Lane County, the City of Eugene, Lane Workforce Partnership, the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, NEDCO, Travel Lane County, the Willamette Farm and Food Coalition, the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance, the Oregon Employment Department and industry representatives. The aim of the group is to provide oversight of the creation and implementation of a regional food/beverage cluster development strategy. The group’s current focus is on marketing and branding, workforce development, distribution, and infrastructure development. The Regional Food Consortium anticipates launching a new brand strategy for the local food and beverage industry in 2014.
Oregon Food Processing TEAM
The Oregon Food Processing Team was established in 2011 to leverage resources and create a more aggressive and strategic industry recruitment effort.
Oregon's TEAM mission is to identify growing and expanding food processors, develop relationships and generate business recruitment leads. At the same time, we are supporting our existing food producers by developing stronger resources and valuable information about their industry.
Today, the Oregon Food Processing TEAM is collecting industry data and valuable resources designed to help recruit, retain and expand the multi-million dollar food processing industry in Oregon.
The Oregon TEAM is strategically positioned to support the food processing industry in our local communities. Together, we send a strong message to out-of-state companies that Oregon is open for business and that we will welcome their business to expand into our state.
Lane County’s Sarah Means Mizejewski currently co-leads the Oregon TEAM and is responsible for much of the long term strategic planning, as well as the daily tasks required for this successful economic development initiative.
For more information on the Oregon Food Processing TEAM please visit their website at: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Team-Oregon/Food-Processing/