The federal program brings together the resources of six federal agencies to plan and support local food economies.
The city’s Near East Area Renewal nonprofit community development corporation will work with a team of experts from several agencies and disciplines to increase access to healthy and affordable food while accelerating economic growth.
“EPA is proud to partner with USDA and the Northern Border Regional Commission to offer support to communities looking to develop their local food economy,” said EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler in a statement. “Support for local food initiatives can improve access to fresh foods, support farmers, grow new business and protect the environment.”
Indianapolis is the second Indiana city chosen for the program since its inception in 2015. The city of Gary was selected in 2015.
Program experts held workshops to help city officials and organizations develop an action plan for increasing urban agriculture and advancing its vision for a downtown food district. The Local Foods, Local Places program also helped city officials plan the demolition of vacant lots and determine their future use.