Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities

November 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
New England Room
600 Atlantic Avenue
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The Federal Reserve System and USDA have partnered to develop a book focused on the community and economic development opportunities of investing in regional food systems. In the book you’ll find articles written by regional food systems investors, funders, and financial intermediaries including Coastal Enterprise Inc., RSF Social Finance, TomKat Foundation, Reinvestment Fund, and JPMorgan Chase. In connection with the book’s release, the Fed and USDA are co-hosting regional meetings to advance local work on regional food systems strategies.
This invite-only meeting is being convened by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Board and Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI). The meeting is intended to bring together regional food systems investors, funders, and financial intermediaries to discuss the current state of investment in the sector, as well as what is needed to move the investment ecosystem to the next stage of development. The conversation will focus specifically on the investment ecosystem in New England, but is expected to have relevance and applicability to the broader national dialogue on regional food systems investment.
In addition to having the opportunity to engage in a dialogue about the future of regional food systems investments, meeting participants will have ample opportunity for networking and new partnership development, with the aim of propelling investment in the regional food sector in New England.
This meeting is intended for the following types of attendees:
Philanthropic organizations
Impact investors
Asset managers or financial advisors
Credit unions
Community Development Financial Institutions
Other financial intermediaries
Local, state, or federal government stakeholders
View the agenda here.
The co-hosts thank the planning committee for their work bringing this meeting together. The planning committee consisted of the following individuals:

Anthony Poore, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Gray Harris, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.
Jeff Rosen, Solidago Foundation
Christine James, The John Merck Fund
Lisa Sebesta, Fresh Source Capital
Dorothy Suput, The Carrot Project
Andrew Dumont, Federal Reserve Board
John Hamilton, NH Community Loan Fund
Janice St. Onge, VSJF Flexible Capital Fund
Alex Linkow, Fair Food Fund
Mark Watson, Boston Impact Initiative
David Robinson, USDA Rural Development


Link: www.bostonfed.org/news-and-events/events/2017/harvesting-opportunity

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