Local Food & Community Livability Workshop on April 15th-16th

Date(s) - 04/15/2014-04/16/2014
All Day

First Presbyterian Church - Aberdeen


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Aberdeen Main Street is hosting a 1 ½ day community workshop on the topic of local foods and community livability. We have received a grant of technical assistance from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the US EPA, and USDA. A team of these agency partners and their consultants will be with us in Aberdeen to conduct this workshop this April. We need your expertise to better evaluate and plan for a number of community revitalization efforts, such as a community food and nutrition center and cannery, farmers market, and/or community gardens. Please join us to learn more and to share your own knowledge.

Specifically, we would like you to attend a workshop at the First Presbyterian Church on the evening of Tuesday, April 15th and during the full day on Wednesday, April 16th. Dinner will be provided the evening of the 15th. The workshop will bring together many key stakeholders from both the City and the region to develop an action plan around a number of community revitalization efforts. If you are receiving this invitation it is because someone on the local workshop planning committee (see below) provided your name and email to us. Please let us know if you can attend by calling 369-4864 or emailing me at tackettann@gmail.com

The workshop will include presentations on community livability and food systems planning by the visiting consultant team, and shall also include a number of small group working sessions focused on visioning, values, goals and specific actions for implementation. The result of the 1 ½ days of work (three half day sessions) will be to lay out a clear vision and an action plan for moving forward.

Who: Stakeholders and community leaders such as you, residents, elected officials; a technical assistance team representing the Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and contractors from Renaissance Planning Group.

What: A workshop involving discussions on local foods and community livability, group work sessions, and networking that will result in a Next Steps Action Plan. Some additional funding from the ARC will be available after the workshop for implementation of priority ideas identified during the workshop session.


o Evening Community Meeting and Dinner: Tuesday, April 15th from 5:00 – 8:30 PM Dinner is being provided by Axiall in Aberdeen.
o Full Day Action Planning Work Sessions: Wednesday, April 16th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 – 5:00 PM.

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 401 West Commerce Street, Aberdeen, MS