Indy Chosen For 'Local Foods, Local Places'

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Near East Area Renewal is the beneficiary of the program in Indy. Near East Area Renewal is the beneficiary of the program in Indy.
INDIANAPOLIS -

Indianapolis has been selected as one of 15 communities to participate in the federal Local Foods, Local Places initiative. The effort aims to help communities reinvest in existing neighborhoods and improve quality of life through the local food economy.

The initiative is run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As part of the program, a team of agricultural, environmental, public health, and regional economic development experts will work with the Near East Area Renewal organization in Indianapolis, along with other community leaders, to set goals and identify local assets that can support the local food economy.

The EPA says NEAR wants to "increase access to affordable, healthy food while accelerating economic growth and neighborhood revitalization and putting former industrial spaces to use." 

More than 70 communities applied to be a part of the 2019 Local Foods, Local Places initiative. You can learn more about the program and the other communities selected below:

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