John Jones
John Jones


Dissertation Abstract

Local Food Enterprises, Governance, and Economic Development in the Post-Industrial Cities of Newark, New Jersey and Dayton, Ohio

The local governments of many post-industrial cities in the US continue to struggle to effectively foster economic development and find uses for underutilized or abandoned urban spaces. A growing interest in locally produced foods has emerged in recent years that may provide an opportunity to redress these problems. As such, local food enterprises, businesses and non-profit agencies, devoted to the sale of the foods they grow or produce may be positioned to meet this growing demand for local foods. However, existing policies and regulatory regimes from local and state government may, sometimes intentionally and sometimes unintentionally, restrict the ability of local food entrepreneurs to grow their operations. This dissertation systematically documents the characteristics of local food enterprises in the post-industrial communities of greater Newark, New Jersey and greater Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, it systematically documents the network of laws, policies, regulations, and incentives that affect local food enterprise development in each region. Finally, this research offers a series of increasing progressive policies and strategies that local, and to a lesser extent state, governments can adopt to encourage this manner of economic development.

 


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